Spring / Summer 2016 Inspiration: Liquid Life


Spring / Summer 2016 Inspiration: Liquid Life

Our SS2016 Collection was built around the idea of the 'Liquid Life,' created by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman who describes our current way of life as liquid rather than solid.  Our existence has become about constant reinvention and our reality becomes blurred between the real and the digital as we increasingly meander between the two in the pursuit of interesting personal image creations.  [caption id="attachment_5285" align="aligncenter" width="487"]liquid Liquid Life visual inspiration, photo by Yuval Hen[/caption] [read_more] The collection reflects broad curiosity and a complexity of emotion, a joy/sorrow duality that is pretty much the essence of life.  It’s a celebration of texture and layering and it conveys the juxtaposed imagery of ‘anything goes!’ [caption id="attachment_5286" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 9.50.39 AM Liquid Life visual inspiration, photo by Yuval Hen[/caption] Our material choices are an emphasis this season.  We layer multiple textures in monochrome stories.  Working with a variety of leathers in tejus, watercolour, and cross hatch, we intersperse them with smooth veg tan leathers, washed grain effect and nubuk often in an overall white wash or grey wash translucency.  [caption id="attachment_5287" align="aligncenter" width="474"]The Harlen Clog in three layers of white paired with a grey-washed clog wedge The Harlen Clog in three layers of white paired with a grey-washed clog wedge[/caption] Natural materials for bottoms and heels range from leather, solid wood and cork are layered with technical synthetics. And we sample some lovely short fiber recycled papers for platform covers. [caption id="attachment_5288" align="aligncenter" width="474"]The Jewel Wedge in vegetable leather with a short fiber recycled paper wrap The Jewel Wedge in vegetable leather with a short fiber recycled paper wrap[/caption] And we took inspiration from FKA Twigs braids and plaits in hand-woven leathers. [caption id="attachment_5291" align="aligncenter" width="474"]The hand woven Fir slide sandal The hand woven Fir slide sandal with a white washed leather sole[/caption] Silhouette’s continues with the themes of layering.  We intermixed our materials with straight lines in inset heels. From platforms to flatforms to flats, from volume to single soles, from heels to wedges, it is a range of high comfort and inclusion. [caption id="attachment_5292" align="aligncenter" width="474"]The Zinnia mid heel, comfort and inclusion. The Zinnia stacked-leather heel, comfort and inclusion[/caption]