Northern Nights

The skies light up for Christmas Eve...
  
24th December 2013

The Northern LightsThe 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…The End

The Matthew Williamson Aurora Print in a spin backstage pre-show
In a spin backstage at the show
Northern Lights
The Northern Lights captured in motion
Northern Lights print
The green Aurora silk print
Aurora print planning in the studio
Aurora print planning in the studio
An illustration of the Aurora print gown
An illustration of the Aurora print gown
The apricot Aurora print
The apricot Aurora print

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