Autumn/Winter '17: The Themes
You feel the switch from summer to autumn more than any other seasonal transition. There's just something in the air. Something that has you reaching for your favourite sweater, heading to Starbucks for endless insert-your-fave-warm-beverage-here, and being a little bit more aware of your surroundings when the sun sets. Because autumn is a little bit eerie. Apparently due to the autumn equinox, the forces of nature are transiting as the relationship of light and darkness changes in the world, calling us to align with these changes in the natural world by kindling our inner light of wisdom. In line with this deeply mystical undertone, Autumn/Winter '17 takes cues from English folktales and rural settings for a brooding and hypnotic collection. Let's take a closer look...
Abracadabra, which features on AW17's cashmere slogan sweaters, is an incantation used as a magic word in stage magic tricks, and historically was believed to have healing powers when inscribed on an amulet.
Evoking the ambience of an enchanted forest the colour palette is warm and woodsy using mulberry, mandarin and apricot, drawing inspiration from English artist Dom Roberts’s tapestries.
The fascinating yet crumbling Long Island estate of Big Eadie and Little Eadie in Grey Gardens perfectly portrays this melancholic sense of decay and endings, and served as inspiration for our AW17 Lookbook shoot.
Taking the starry night theme one step further, we incorporated moons with whimsical, colourful stars on black in the season's 'Midnight Sky' print and intarsia.
We also took inspiration from Victorian poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, which was published in Edward Lear’s 1871 collection Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets. The rich imagery it brings, with the fabled owl and pussycat sailing off into the night sky, fits right into our magical after-dark theme.
There's also something about autumn that makes one seek to be a little bit more proper, stand up straighter, get their affairs in order, and buy new stationery. To reflect the season's slightly more formal mood, we've added flourishes, such as neck-tie bows on sweaters.
You'll surely need this inner light of wisdom if you'll be meandering through the woods on a dark night. You'll also need a good coat. And a little optimism, which is why we've added a few brighter contrast tones to our darker wears.