SS17 Into the Wild: Inspiration Behind the Collection

Following on from the pre-collection’s island-arrival theme, in which a few fabled Victorian women found themselves on a deserted island, Spring/Summer '17 focuses on what they find when they get there. Our vibrant, art-inspired collection celebrates the desire to immerse yourself in the wild. 

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Using inspiration from the exotic surroundings depicted in Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings (above), the collection exudes a distinct sense of voyage. Our design team imagined the travelers being delighted by their new botanical surroundings, as they uncover new scents, colors, animals and plants.

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As an intarsia on 100% cashmere, knitwear pieces are imbued with primitive impressions of leopards, monkeys and abstract tropical leaves.

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Paul Gauguin’s vibrant Tahiti paintings, such as the one above, also served as inspiration, while geometric shapes and Aztec-inspired multi-directional stripes echo the colors of the jungle.

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Stripes were inspired by Ottavio Missoni’s graphic artworks (1970):

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Jungle leaves were also re-imagined as an intarsia on knitwear, and as a print on ready-to-wear.

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In a melange of vibrant hues, the tropical palette includes bright sky blue, jungle green and passionflower pink, as well as softer tones of porcelain, lavender, and pistachio.

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Much like Ana Strumpf’s contemporary pop-art (above), shades of bright pink hibiscus flowers, bright blue skies and the vivid green of fauna are some of the punchier hues from the SS17 color palette.

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As a contrast to the wilder pieces, classic Breton stripes in navy and cream with accents in an ultra-light Merino knit were a nod to the pieces the fabled Victorian women would have brought in their suitcases.

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Spanning the tropical and the traditional, SS17 has something for every type of journey.

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