The night before Christmas – a day when the sun barely seems to rise before it sinks again into a deep darkness. But up in the Arctic, there’s a wild party going on in the sky, and it’s not just from a certain sleigh. Never was there a better time to marvel over Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights and the inspiration behind our winter collection. Earlier this year, the studio’s moodboards glowed with kaleidoscopic colour, as the team used various views of the illuminated Nordic skies to influence the season’s colour palette of acid brights, as well as the snowscape prints of the collection. The light’s liquid movements of super-charged technicolour mean that silks and sequins melt in a dégradé wash of shades. Even embroidery could not escape the power of the lights – the iridescent sequins of the Winter Garden Organza not only fall through the skirt like a flurry of snowflakes but catch the light in a rainbow spectrum.
Today, we have just passed the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. Right now, the light is so intense you can even view the Northern Lights in the daytime on the tiny island of Svalbard in the Arctic. In fact, this month NASA scientists expect us to hit the top of the 11-year cycle that governs the lights – it’s the the very best time to visit.
So now is the time to take a trip, but if you’re not heading to Lapland to pass by Rudolf tonight, sit back and gaze at the prints gathered from our studio…