Pre Spring 2014
“The plant must be valued as a totally artistic and architectural structure.”
For Pre Spring 2014, Matthew looked to the landscapes of Arizona. He drew inspiration from exquisite natural rock formations and desert flowers. These elements were then mixed with a soft, urban vibe through the use of graphic and sharp tailoring.
The palette’s soft undertones of blossom, pebble and avocado are set against earthy khaki tones. Bursts of zesty orange, cornflower and framboise encompass the hazy Arizona sunset.
Tailored dresses have structural femininity and sit alongside diaphanous chiffons. Soft tulip skirts and sculptured sleeves subtly accentuate the female form. Details include gathered channels, textural contrasts, and origami pocket folds. Fabrications combine delicate, iridescent organza with block-coloured chiffon, heavily ruched into fluid style lines reminiscent of the natural landscapes of the desert.
Prints combine hand-drawn botanical illustrations, with expressive abstract brush strokes. Photographer Karl Blossfelt has inspired the use of feminine florals and cacti, in a bold artistic interpretation.
“I remember a certain rawness to the vast Arizona landscape, yet it has an almost dreamlike quality because of the soft and neutral colours. There is a real sense of adventure and freedom about the place.”
This inspiration is also realised through bespoke warp-printed weaves, woven jacquards and fils coupée. Complimented by bold graphic knitted jacquards and jersey.
Embellishment mixes natural elements of woven raffia, wood, and intricate French knots combined with clear urban shards giving a contemporary feel. Curved organic formations are engineered into encrusted necklines and bejewelled motifs. Timeless eveningwear features hand appliqued trellising with ornate cutwork lace. Sparkling crystals nestle amongst decorative foliage.
Photographer: Eddie Wrey
Model: Nimue Smit
Stylist: Valentine Fillol-Cordier
Hair stylist: Louis Byrne
Make-up Artist: Lettie Buchanan