New York Fashion Week Recap: Marcel Ostertag


“Freedom” Collection by Marcel Ostertag for SS18

Story by Yuki Bomb with Photography by Brannon Gee

Marcel Ostertag is known as a designer and brand in one. His collections are shaped within the realm of innovation and tradition. While studying at the renowned Central St. Martins College in London, Ostertag was able to develop his sense for fashion through numerous worldwide shows and collaborations from London and Vienna to Beijing and Shanghai, plus many more.


His inspirations are extracted from experiences with intriguing individuals, nature, exposure to foreign countries through traveling, and of course, his origin. In 2006, Ostertag finally committed himself to the allure of design by establishing his own label as Marcel Ostertag. His line is created only in Germany where the quality meets his label’s high standards.

On September 13, 2017, Ostertag revealed his newest SS18 collection named “Freedom” at Skylight Clarkson Square. The line was beautifully inspired by the ‘70s with an innovative twist that encompassed Ostertag’s usual inspirations of nature. The mood of peace and calm was reflected in the warm earth tones of wood brown, harvest gold, and juniper green. Among these earthy tones would be a contrasting pop of color of mandarin orange. Some looks on the runway used color blocking and mixed patterns coupled with platform sandals and white sneakers. Peace was greatly expressed by the use of statement peace sign earrings of white and orange.

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Another feature of the collection was the use of dipterous insect and beetle designs. These insect prints can be found among the collection’s peplum pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, and collared shirts.


Lastly, many pieces, from shirts to ethereal dresses, were made with transparent fabric that was elegantly revealing. These see-through dresses were coupled with long tassel necklaces and metallic boots. The sheer looks drew the face of freedom while the models gracefully walked the runway showcasing the flow of translucent garments and strutting on tempo to disco music with a ‘70s vibe.


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