SNEAK PEEK: AW17 - THE DESIGN PROCESS
The AW17 collection was created to represent the variety and the versatility of the self. The aim was to showcase the depth of the individual, the contrasting fluctuations that we face and the colourful, emotional journeys that we experience throughout our life. To accentuate the bipolarity of the personality, the collection features a variety of structures; both mechanic and painterly, textures; both relief and flat, and colour; both tonal and contrasting. The collection exhibits the variety of emotional intelligence and depth by juxtaposing our base colours next to complimentary accents and strong bold hues.
We have pieced our looks together in terms of tone and silhouette which, this season, is boxy, heavily oversized, and intentionally proud to highlight self-confidence and strong personalistic tendencies. We have also reintroduced some classic styles including our pleated skirt, our felted coats and oversized t-shirts. New pieces include bomber jackets, tie-on accessories, a tailored plush suit. This season we have been inspired by Abstract Expressionist painters, and in particular, the work of Clyfford Still. Many of our garments exhibit feature of his own painting style, and translating those elements into knitwear have been both and challenging and rewarding process.
We have introduced two heavily conceptual garments utilising our more developed techniques including intarsia, plush towelling and knitted tubing. These two pieces have to be made in house. The patterns are playful and unpredictable, representing painterly abstract expressionist ideas but most of all, the organic, unorganised patterns of life and one’s identity.