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. 

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 travellers being delighted by their new botanical surroundings, as they uncover new scents, colours, 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.


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 colours of the jungle.

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

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.

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 colour 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.

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