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Björn Borg Launches "Space-inspired" Couture Collection With Bizarre Exercise Films

Mother and daughter duo DJ Mimi Xu and artist Maily Beyrens perform hypnotic gym routine.

  • <p>Björn Borg's new campaign stars DJ Mimi Xu and her artist daughter Maily Beyrens.</p>
  • <p>The capsule sportswear collection is handmade and consists of 85 garments, with only one to ten pieces per style available.</p>
  • <p>A look at one of the pieces from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Another piece from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Another piece from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
  • <p>Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.</p>
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    Björn Borg's new campaign stars DJ Mimi Xu and her artist daughter Maily Beyrens.

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    Xu and Beyrens bill themselves collectively as “Xu Box.”

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    The capsule sportswear collection is handmade and consists of 85 garments, with only one to ten pieces per style available.

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    The campaign (with music by Xu) has been compared to the films of Wes Anderson due to its understated quirkiness.

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    A look at one of the pieces from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Xu is well known in the fashion industry for catwalk show sound design and has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prada and Vivienne Westwood.

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    Another piece from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Apparently, self-hugging constitutes "exercise."

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    Another piece from Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    The campaign is directed by Nils Ljunggren and is comprised of a 90-second film alongside seven further eccentric 15-second shorts.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    All pieces from the collection are numbered and will be delivered in a “bespoke gym bag."

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

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    Björn Borg's Spring Summer 16 collection.

Swedish fashion brand Björn Borg is probably best known for its underwear collections but it also produces sportswear and, for the Spring Summer 16 season, has created an extremely limited edition of "Sport Couture." It is at this point things take a turn for the slightly surreal.

To promote the collection, the brand has enlisted DJ Mimi Xu and her artist daughter Maily Beyrens. The pair, who are billed collectively as "Xu Box," appear in a series of quirky videos wearing the handmade garments and engaging in some avant-garde exercise moves, which look unlikely to generate any sweat any time soon. They flex their toes a lot, walk on beams (which is quite impressive), and also, inexplicably, hug themselves. The effect is strangely compelling.

The series, directed by Nils Ljunggren, comprises a 90-second film alongside seven further eccentric 15-second shorts. All are set to techno-style music created by Mimi Xu especially for the campaign. Xu is well known in the fashion industry for catwalk show sound design and has worked with many brands, including Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Vivienne Westwood.

The collection itself is "retro space inspired," taking strong design cues from the seventies and eighties and even includes a kind of space onesie. Some of the designs are strongly reminiscent of Borg’s own attire when he was the world’s number one tennis player.

The capsule (!) collection is handmade, super-limited and pretty pricey ($23 - $350). It consists of 85 garments, and, the brand says, each item is unique, with only one to ten pieces per style available. All pieces are numbered and will be delivered in a "bespoke gym bag." It can all be found at bjornborg.com.

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