GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS - Winter/Festive 2017-18
Translating the painting of the same name by Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, winter-festive 2017-18 collection represents mankind gone mad for sin, wasting their chance at eternity in heaven.
The lust Bosch loathed is clear with the barrage of nude figures engaging in frivolity. With the flowers and fruits are meant to represent short-lived pleasures of the flesh, much like the time now full of uncertainty. Its ironic how the basic instinct of mankind hasn’t changed in the last 500 years.
The overarching inspiration for the collection - LA DOLCE VITA - the good life, begins with lounging by the pool, to getting dressed for evening soirees, progressing to 3-D floral finishing and pearls engulfed with gold thread-work and lines of bullion, edged with handcrafted drop pearl lace.Exuberant yet with a cultured sense of cool glamour.
The creatures featured range from the innocent birds, stags to the more sinister crows and bees ornate the sheer ensembles dressed with the late 70-early 80’s inspired one shouldered ruffles, denim jackets, graphic tees and trench coats.
The 90's obsessed millenials get their denim-on-denim with playful button-down dresses, jumpsuits, jackets and even a saree!
Carefully hand-embroidered 3-D flowers in silk thread-work, bugle-beaded and rexin fauna and flora appliquéd onto versions of silk – hand woven chanderi, chiffons and organic fabrics of bamboo and soya fibre with cutwork zardosi work adorn the silhouettes – often in shades of nude – beiges to pinks titillating the romantic shades of amber, garnet, periwinkle.