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Spring-Summer 2016


"La Dame En Noir"

 

A collection inspired by the shadows cast by the night time blanket and an encounter with the woman wearing it.

A walk through hidden alleys and stumbling across a beautiful stranger - she is influenced by her travels but her origin and destination are unknown. She gives nothing away.

During recent travels, Paton encountered a woman on Pontocho-Dori, an atmospheric narrow lane in Kyoto. A quiet, elegant woman who despite her mystery and allure hiding in the crowd could not help but stand out. Like André Breton’s obsession after encountering the leading lady in his 1928 novel, “Nadja”. 

Who the woman was could only be left to the imagination and from that came SS16 “La Dame En Noir”. A collection inspired by the shadows cast by the night time blanket and an encounter with the woman wearing it.

Exotic sartorial hints of Asia join the house classic British style with the French couture finishing.

Tailoring in ultra soft silks scattered with delicate hand embroideries, flowing chiffons are weighted with encrusted beadwork, plush fur drapes across skirts and oversized bows add to the drama. 3-dimensional florals inspired by a midnight garden with hints of cherry blossoms as if glimpsed under moonlight. Like the dreamy melting flowers in Nick Knight’s “Flora”, the collection stems from a dark palette but is executed with a romantic and feminine edge.