CATHRYN WILLS, the Melbournebased creative director for reveals the surprising inspirations behind the brand’s new accessories line
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.
R2 499. MIM GLAMOUR RING, R299. ASTRO BLOCK HEEL, R1 299.