Shot in the suburbs of Paris, in and around the high rises of the 20th arrondissement, where urban landscapes are giving space to localised areas of rewilding, and rooftop cityscapes.
The title of this collection BORN TO REWILD appears in multiple guises; cotton underwear, embroidered denim, formal fil-coupes, and pin-stripe jacquard suiting. Flower blocking with new and archive floral prints – clashing.
Kyoto inspired brothel creepers worn by Teddy Boys and Rockers. New shapes and silhouettes; ‘cut- out’ or ‘torn’ pattern systems for tailoring, shirts, and organic denim, and interpretations of the 'Footballer’ – exaggerated shoulders and tapered waists.
Neon summer tartan ‘MacAndy’ – drawn from the AW’93 Anglomania collection – inspired by the 18th century French craze for British Dress; stout tweeds, colourful tartans; Vargas platforms, kilts, corset skirts and the Pourpoint Bomber.
Blue & white English school stripe suiting and BORN IN ENGLAND woven jacquard denim sits with Ken Russell’s Teddy Girl inspired platform sandals, and geometric knitwear inspired by 14th Century German needlework.
The ‘heart’ motif, synonymous with the house, is used across relaxed jacquard felpa and knitwear, and informs a new silhouette – ‘the heart system’ – given to a heart dress and our new heart corset.
Unisex tailoring in the Infinity & Saturn print – is inspired by the Horoscopic astrological event of ‘Saturn Return’, which is said to occur only a small number of times in one’s lifetime. It represents a period of significant change and transformation.
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