CATHRYN WILLS, the Mel­bournebased cre­ative di­rec­tor for re­veals the sur­pris­ing in­spi­ra­tions be­hind the brand’s new ac­ces­sories line

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRENDS -

MY FAVOURITE PIECE IN THE NEW COL­LEC­TION IS THE LIMITED EDI­TION AUTONAMATOTE / Black and gold is a com­bi­na­tion I’m loving right now. The bag con­verts from shoul­der to hand held, has bold metal han­dles, a de­tach­able clutch forms the front pocket and it is spliced in a stun­ning combo of black tex­tu­ral leathers. SPORTS STYLING AND PRAC­TI­CAL COM­FORT RE­MAIN KEY / All man­ner of trainer type shoes are ev­i­dent through­out the range. Our hand­bag col­lec­tion has a ‘ready for move­ment’ feel, with back­packs, waist packs, pouches and sac style bags preva­lent. THE MOOD OF ATH­LETI­CISM AND AN ATHENA TYPE WOMAN WAS ALSO A STRONG IN­FLU­ENCE / Athena was a Greek god­dess: fit, dy­namic, heroic, pow­er­ful. THE NEW SEA­SON IS CALLED CODE: AFRI­QUETTE / We chan­nelled the idea of an op­er­at­ing sys­tem that just ‘came to be’ one day. A global, tribal, style mash up (start­ing in Africa) was also a key con­cept. To add shiny el­e­ments and a touch of oth­er­world­li­ness, com­put­ers,ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and a bit of Art Deco en­tered the mix. IT’S BEEN LIB­ER­AT­ING TOCOMBINE THE­JEWEL EL­E­MENTS OFART DECO WITH SPORTS AND TRIBAL / It has made it less ‘la­dy­like’ and more edgy.You’ll find this where de­bossed Deco meets tribal wo­ven pat­terns. NOU­VEAU TRIBAL HAS BEEN TREND­ING FOR SOME TIME / How­ever, it re­mains rel­e­vant as it of­fers colour,tex­ture and the free­dom to com­bine the raw with the pol­ished.All of the reimag­ined an­i­mal prints across bags, shoes and scarves came from African in­flu­ences.

AMA­ZO­NIA BACK­PACK,

R2 499. MIM GLAM­OUR RING, R299. ASTRO BLOCK HEEL, R1 299.

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