Oh autumn, how I welcome you with open arms. I've always been more drawn to cooler temperatures and crisp mornings and I felt the same easy attraction to these pieces as I do the fall weather and all that accompanies it. The inspiration for this collection was first the typical autumn symbols - pumpkin flavoring, changing colors of the leaves, cozy fireside nights, and warm, fuzzy sweaters. But when I began seeking inspiration and taking time to dive into what I wanted this collection to be, I found myself drawn to Spanish surrealism and angular, linear architecture. Seemingly polar opposites, I couldn't get them off my mind and knew I had to marry the two.
The collection started with the Hanne Jumpsuit, one I actually designed back in 2015 before the brand was born. This piece shows the inspiration of strong architecture - like the Eames House, the Notre Dame du Haut, the Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio in New Mexico. The structured silhouettes of the Ines Tapered Pant and the Salome Pant also embody the architectural theme and details from these two bleed into other styles like the Frida Top and Calla Dress. The surrealism movement in art and literature truly pushed me to find the common ground between the stark differences in these two inspirations. I fell in love with the surrealism paintings from Spanish artists such as Remedios Varo and Frida Kahlo, and abstractions from Cordelia Urueta Sierra. This inspired the bold pop of color in the Frida Top and Ines and Salome Pants and the juxtaposition of the two almost opposite muses for this collection.
I played with simple silhouettes with an elegant twist - like the Lorena Coat with the added oversized patch pockets and the Lucia sweater which features generous side slits for a variation to a common simple boxy top. The pleats play a strong roll and bring the collection full circle. I wanted to show a more androgynous collection, bringing masculine and feminine silhouettes together. This came to life by adding pleats to both the structured garments and the feminine, soft pieces to show a truly well-rounded offering. For the editorial we came up with a still life for the model to interact with which even further pushes the artistic influence. Simple, modern shapes paired with the draped sheet also show the contrast between the hard and soft textures and silhouettes seen in this collection. Masculine and feminine. Hard and soft. Architectural and artistic.
Photography: Sadie Culberson
Model: Molly Caldwell
Jewelry: Breece Bryan Jewelry