'i was born a bitch. i was born a painter.' -frida kahlo
It comes as no surprise that Bordelle
would find inspiration from Frida Kahlo. Described as '…one of history's grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera.',
She mirrors the brands mission:
Memorable, provocative, and never without a reaction.
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, most widely known for her self portraits, was a Mexican artist who was deeply influenced by her country, religion and time spent alone. Her art was once labeled as surreal and she quickly denounced it saying she 'didn't paint her dreams, she painted her reality.'
She loved Mexican tradition, colorful clothes and accessories.
She was a woman who loved hard, used her voice to stand up for what she believed in and was not afraid to share her pain.
Bordelle's creative director, Alexandra Popa says;
"Frida was not a follower of trends, she cared little about feminine ideals of beauty and dressed to please no one but herself. Her maverick approach struck a chord with Bordelle’s underlying message and this encouraged me to further research her life and work until I completely filled all mood boards with her captivating images and portraits, her home and style and various photography"
The collection is broken up in to each of her names and carries with it a vibrance that is not usually apparent in the S&M influenced designer. Bordelle brightened entire sets in indigo, fuchsia and gold, added Swiss manufactured Mexican lace and flower motif's creating, in my opinion, a romantic, yet supremely seductive collection. The bondage straps paired with the Mexican lace, in indigo, is gorgeous. I really want to applaud Bordelle for this collection. I don't think it would be fair to say they stepped out on a limb creating this collection. Frida embodies so much of what Bordelle does. But aesthetically speaking, Frida is the boldest collection Bordelle's produced while maintaining their identity.
"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."
“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”
“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.”
“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”
"I hope the exit is joyful - and I hope never to return."
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”