Innovative men’s street-wear from Australian fashion designer Henry Ng
Orri Henrisson is one of Australia’s finest up-and-coming menswear labels, founded in 2008 and known for an innovative street-wear aesthetic. This week we were lucky enough to have a chat with founder and chief designer Henry Ng to find out all there is to know about the brand’s Spring/Summer 2012-2013 collection that showed at the 2012 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW).
You’re well known for your street-wear inspired aesthetic, where do you draw influence from when designing a collection?
The street-wear inspiration comes from the idea of mixing high street with luxury. The Orri Henrisson man is about looking expensive, relevant and fresh but in an effortless manner so I inject that casual street-wear perspective into the classic pieces I design.
I also look at what is on-trend or what is the next big thing and interpret that into an Orri Henrisson aesthetic. Influences could come from picking out a colour or fabric and working that into the entire collection. Music is also a huge influence so a song title, references from a music video or how I would envisage a certain artist to look in my clothes could influence the collection.
We are particularly fond of the innovative shirting in your Spring/Summer 2012-2013 collection. Tell us more about it, is there a story behind the line?
Orri Henrisson’s direction has always been about reinterpreting classic pieces and button-up shirt has always been a favourite garment for me to work with. This season, I have focused on paneling which I feel is not very prevalent in commercial menswear. A lot of the shirting are formal button ups but designed with contrasting panels or fabrication. This technique immediately gives shirting a different visual appeal and allows men to stand out effortlessly. I am always meticulous when it comes to designing shirting; they need to have a visual appeal and stand out but has to be commercial at the same time. I believe my graphic design background has definitely enabled me to do this.
I also played subtly with silhouette in this collection: there are button ups with 3/4 sleeves in a jersey fabrication, sleeveless button ups and jackets, short sleeve blazers, and super short shorts that would be slightly obscene had they been an inch shorter. Australian men love showing skin and their guns so I designed the SS12/13 collection around that idea but keeping the Orri Henrisson aesthetic of geek chic and sporty preppiness.
You proudly produce your garments locally, how important is it for Orri Henrisson to support the Australian fashion industry?
I feel that as a label who does not sell on-trend fast fashion, supporting the local industry is an added value for the brand. There are many European or American designer labels who do it so I do not see why it should be any different here.
Spring/Summer Collection by Orri Henrisson @ Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Images by Meagan Harding Photography.