Eclectic, Bold and Colourful
‘A Collection that makes the imagination soar.’
When you look at this capsule collection it does not come as a surprise that we saw fit to draw inspiration from a botanical menagerie of birds and florals – I used colours, textures and details that mimicked these elements in the fabrics and styling.
Why the avian and floral fixation? When I sat down to design this collection there were 3 main channels of inspiration:
‘The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends. She dips her wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks down her narrow cage can seldom see through the bars of rage her wings are clipped and her feet tied so she opens her throat to sing.
The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still. Her tune is heard on the distant hill of the caged bird sings of freedom.
The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and she names the sky her own.
But the caged bird stands on the grave of dreams her shadow shouts on a nightmare scream her wings are clipped and her feet tied so she opens her throat to sing.
The caged bird sings with fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and her tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.’
I translated abstract bird and tropical floral illustrations into unique 3-D embroideries on translucent tulle and lined it with either sheer chiffon, spotted tulle or, to create contrast, with leopard print Georgette.
This trend of fabric-layering resulted in my muse being swathed in ethereal layers of delicate embroidery, tulle, fluttering ostrich feathers and intricate scatter beading.
Follow the link to the INSPIRATION VIDEO.
Photography: DuWayne Denton Photography
Videography: DuWayne Denton & Anna J. Nel
Couture/Fashion: Stephen Van Eeden Atelier & Lace Blossom by Erna Theron
Make-up & Hair: Madeleine Conradie
Model: Meghan Oberholzer
Jewelry: Ida Elsje