An interview with… Ilse Jacobsen

An interview with… Ilse Jacobsen

We have been fortunate enough to sit down with Ilse Jacobsen to hear all about her latest collection.

Talk us through the SS16 collection and where your inspiration came from?

THE ILSE JACOBSEN HORNBAEK spring/summer 16 collection highlights and embraces colours and clean cut designs with rich yet subtle detailing.

Colour is a major element and the bright scale of the palette offers a courageous approach to individual styling and the light feeling of summer is complimented with vibrant tones.

The balance of power and grace creates a contemporary edge, with a modern mix of styles and contrasts setting the themes for the summer to come.

 What is your personal highlight of this collection?

It is always hard to choose but I do love the kaftan inspired dresses, which are perfect for everyday wear as well as parties. I love when you can use styles for various different occasions. In my every day life I often go directly from work to social events, dinners or giving lectures, so it is essential for me that my clothes are versatile. I often think of my dresses as ‘the perfect dress’ due to the many different styling possibilities but the most important reason is that the dresses are perfect for the female body, in that they hide the things you want to hide and emphasize your attributes.

The dresses also are crinkle-free and are great for travel.

What trends do you predict for this season?

The flats – comfortable shoes are still trending – luckily enough.

The floral story for spring interpreted in maxi dresses and kaftans. Net and see-through dresses as well as paisley patterned 70s kaftans with wide sleeves and loose voluminous styles that inspire to energetic glamour.

How would you describe the Ilse Jacobsen philosophy in 3 words?

The lifestyle company ILSE JACOBSEN HORNBÆK embraces Scandinavian simplicity, and cool comfort in fine balance with modern urban living.

 Who is it you look up to most?

I do not find inspiration in just one person, however I do truly admire Her Royal Highness the Danish Crown Princess Mary. She is very elegant, stylish and is a very committed and admirable person.

Business-wise I admire Ralph Lauren – his ability to stay true to his brand, and his sense of style is outstanding. I love the way Ralph Laurens brand identity is so stringently upheld throughout all of his collections, boutiques and advertising. I feel the same way about Louis Vuitton – their collections and campaigns are stunning.

Do you ever envisage crossing over to menswear?

I love doing womenswear but being an entrepreneur in all aspects as I am, I often think about the possibilities in menswear as well. So far I have done a few event collections for men and I am actually working on one right now for the world’s 3rd most prestigious sailing event called Dragon Gold Cup, which will be held in my hometown Hornbaek this summer.

Who are your favourite designers and what are your go-to items in your wardrobe?

I love Louis Vuitton bags and accessories. In my every day life I use my own designs almost every day occasionally accompanied by other designers such as Joseph and Prada. When going to galla dinners and events I often use my dresses from The Danish couture designer Jesper Høvring or long dresses from my own collections. 

What’s next for Ilse Jacobsen?

I always try to keep myself busy and my greatest passion is creating. I get at least one new idea every day and due to this my business has evolved as it has – growing from designing sandals in my very first collection to the international lifestyle company that it is today.

In the end of 2013 I revealed my two newest big scale projects – my spa and my beauty line. My spa KURBADET by ILSE JACOBSEN is situated in Hornbaek and is the perfect place for ultimate relaxation, self indulgence and luxury treatments. It is inspired by the luxurious seaside village of Hornbaek, where I have lived all my life and offers a luxury spa experience for the body, mind and soul.

At KURBADET treatments are performed using my luxury line of spa- and beauty products ILSE by ILSE JACOBSEN. The new line consists of beauty and spa products, which are produced in Denmark. They are developed from my own personal preferences and are luxurious skin care products that cleanse, nourish and protect the face, body and soul. My spa- and beauty line have all ready been awarded a Danish Beauty Award, which of course makes me very proud and happy.

In 2015 I participated as one of the investors in a Danish TV show called ‘Løvens Hule’, which is based on the popular BBC show ‘Dragons Den’, so I have invested in various small businesses and start ups. I love engaging with these entrepreneurs and helping them make their businesses grow. I will be participating in the TV show again in 2016 and am looking forward to investing in a lot of new projects.

One of my investments this season was in a young urban rainwear designer called Emma Jorn. Together we have created a design collaboration ILSE JACOBSEN HORNBÆK by EMMA JORN and have just presented our very first collection during Copenhagen Fashion Week. It is a collection with a new take on innovative urban rainwear in a mix of heritage and fashion. It’s a chic urban look with a traditional foundation and an avantgarde edge.

And a lot of new things will follow in 2016 but I cannot reveal all of this yet….

Lastly, we are visiting North Europe this summer, do you have any tips for Denmark?

I will always recommend Hornbaek, my hometown on the beautiful north coast of Denmark. Summer in Hornbaek is the best; Sunny days on the beautiful white beaches and a visit at my spa, Kurbadet, relaxing in the pool area or getting a luxurious treatment ending the day with delicious food and wine at the restaurant.
On rainy days, jump in to your favourite pair of rain boots and explore nature or go experience some of the great indoor activities at the North Coast. There are a couple of great museums – for example Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is one of my favourite places to seek inspiration. The museum is of international standard and the location by the sea is just stunning. The Maritime Museum of Denmark in Elsinore by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels from the world reknowned BIG group is also a must see. It is a great example of modern breathtaking architecture and has already received several international prizes.

Explore the full collection from Ilse Jacobsen – online now.

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