Con­trast­ing styles

Ja­pan and South Korea pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for a col­lec­tion that jux­ta­poses the old and new.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By NA­DINE FER­NAN­DEZ star2@thes­

AUS­TRALIAN mod­ern life­style brand Oroton looked at two vi­brant Asian cities this sea­son.

The Spring/ Sum­mer 2016 col­lec­tion took its cue from the vi­tal­ity and en­ergy of the city of Tokyo and from the dy­namism of South Korea.

In a de­sign ca­pac­ity, that means new shapes and a strik­ing colour pal­ette.

Au­tumn tones of warm wine and raisin is used along­side cool win­ter hues which are an­chored in rich warm browns and the ef­fort­less­ness of grey.

A key note of the col­lec­tion is the cel­e­bra­tion of in­di­vid­u­al­ism as seen in the street style of the mini- mal­ism of Ja­pan and its un­der­stated el­e­gance.

New ad­di­tions in­clude the Matilda, a use­able, ef­fort­less ev­ery­day bag in a bucket shape made for wan­der­ing the streets, and the Pi­o­neer, a small but func­tional satchel.

Gloves pro­vide the fin­ish­ing touch in neu­tral tones along with a lux­u­ri­ous cash­mere wrap.

Con­trasts are re­flected in both the pal­ette where dark meets light and in the new graphic prints.

The Syd­ney tote is ul­tra sleek num­ber with bold con­trast­ing stripes. In­ter­est­ing pieces in­clude the new Zone and Di­rec­tions prints, in­spired by the clean lines of Ja­panese ar­chi­tec­ture and the ar­rows of neon signs.

“Street style is some­thing that re­ally in­spires us when trav­el­ling to Tokyo and Korea,” says cre­ative di­rec­tor Ann Maria Es­co­bar. “The de­tail and thought put into ev­ery out­fit – how they wear a bag, how they play with soft ac­ces­sories, the way they per­son­alise their look – I think it’s all very in­di­vid­ual and the at­ten­tion to de­tail is some­thing that we re­ally no­tice.”

The rich mix of old and new, from the tra­di­tional tem­ples and Meji shrines, to the art mu­seum in Tokyo’s up- and- com­ing precincts also struck a chord with her.

“It’s easy to fall in love with the im­ages of women wear­ing tra­di­tional ki­monos in a city full of 3D screens and loud mu­sic and lights.”

It all amounts to a col­lec­tion puls- ing with the life of the new melded with the her­itage and re­laxed glam­our that is the Oroton sig­na­ture.

Tailored to life in a me­trop­o­lis, the rich cul­tural in­spi­ra­tion points have been re­fined into a pol­ish that en­cap­su­lates the new sea­son and is a true cel­e­bra­tion of con­trast.

Oroton’s Spring/ Sum­mer 2016 Col­lec­tion is avail­able at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur and 1Utama, Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

The Pi­o­neer satchel in or­ange.

The Freize metal clutch. — Pho­tos: Oroton

Matilda hobo in tan.

The Jour­ney nubuck medium tote in raisin.

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