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Autumn Winter 2014
Winter Blossom

Our long sleeves dangling
Let’s go to the garden
To view the plum blossoms
The bush warblers are scattering

from the Man’yoshu (The Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves)

And as the skies turn dark and the view turns cold, color fades from view. Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition. And to bring a shade of hope in climes so cold, is a collection replete with nature.

A collection inspired from the Japanese Kimono.

Organic print and embroidery patterns of flowers and grass, leaves and trees find a voice here. Free hand drawn prints based on the bird as the central theme, find wind with leaf and flower bouquets, creepers and waterfront reed.  The symbolic cherry blossom is reproduced in a coral print with geometric graphic details. 

Environment based embroideries with Japanese motifs, morning glory, the bellflower and herbs capturing vibrant and everyday elements from nature, come alive joyfully. Graphic embroideries on velvets and satin using both hand and machine. Appliqués and cut work.

The collection progresses from black and white to a suffusion of jewel tone hues petrol, plum, and gold.

The shapes are inspired by Samurai hakama divided skirts with deep pleats culled from Japanese menswear, uppers resembling cropped kimonos, high standing collars, jackets with exaggerated sleeves. 

There are multilayered garments with contrasting colors of layers in view. Fit and flare silhouettes, cutaway backs, zuaves and cropped pants.  Kimono sleeves with turn up details. Wrap tops with bell sleeves, overlap layered silhouettes.

The rich array of fabrics comprise of satins, silk, rich velvets, felt with cutwork, sheer weaves for layering,

Jacquard weaves especially woven for this collection in Japanese stencil patterns find a distinct voice.

Accessorised with Himo belts and Obi sashes made in malleable patterned leather.  For the shoes, Okobo platform heels have been made in collaboration with A.K.A. Bespoke.  Hair accessories take the form of the Kanzashi ornamental hair pin.

The collection brings truth to the quote, “Winter is a time of promise”

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