Rene In an effort to make clothes that feel as though they’ve “been around for generations,” the Frankfurt-based designer René Storck looks to fashion icons past. From Madeleine Vionnet he got the idea to use, he says, “colors found on a woman’s body”—flesh tones; hair, lip, and eye colors—and to cut silhouettes from a single piece of fabric. His tailored dresses in gray wool and linen chambray, meanwhile, give a nod to Claire McCardell. But it was his mother and grandmother who truly shaped his sartorial gestalt. “There were always sewing machines at home,” says the 46-year-old. “And by the time I was 10, my grandmother had taught me how to knit a perfect Norwegian sweater.” Storck did a short stint as an assistant designer at Admont, a traditional German label, before launching René Storck, in 2001. After splitting with his business partners, he relaunched as René two years ago. The collection— which, for spring, includes a blousy drawstring sundress in Swiss cotton poplin, a cashmere bathrobe coat, and a floor-sweeping skirt in washed duchesse satin—is almost entirely made in Germany. “I am very German,” Storck says. “I believe elegance begins with comfort.”
Photograph by Axl Jansen.