We thought we’d share a few images that inspired us for our current autumn/winter collection, Perpetual Motion. This is just one of the mood boards, which we put together right at the concept stage of design when we’re thinking about colour, and how the tones we find in art, nature, and just about anything we see around us, might influence our final designs. Above we have an image of the perpetual motion of nature in the form of flowing lava; a dark, meditative drawing by one of our favourite artists, Anish Kapoor; and a painting by Jennis Li Cheng from her aptly titled, Have a Nice Day series. Enjoy.
We’d like to introduce you to a new friend of ours, Bemberg cotton. It's not only sustainable, being both naturally biodegradable and from a renewable, natural source, it combines two of our favourite loves; comfort and style.
Bemberg’s breathable nature, soft-as-silk feel and ability to absorb moisture means it’s supremely comfortable. And most importantly, it looks great too, with a luxurious drape that cuts a lean, flowing silhouette. We’ve used it in our new Raffles harem trousers (pictured above with our Beverly Hills wool jersey top) and we’re loving the way it looks like silk but joy of joys, it’s practical too, being just that little bit more tough wearing than silk. So with the right care, it'll last longer, which means less clothing waste, more wear, and you’re making your own small contribution to helping save the planet. What’s not to love?
Our inspiration for the Tluxe Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, Perpetual Motion started with this image of a white owl. "We’ve called the collection Perpetual
Motion because that’s how we’re feeling right now, in a constant state of movement," says our creative director, Rebecca Powell.
"Looking at the big picture it’s about being always switched on, and finding a
wardrobe that fits with our busy lifestyles. On a more down-to-earth level Perpetual
Motion reflects the fluidity of the clothes, and the luxe fabrics, such as silk,
which make up the collection.The image of the owl represents a number of things close to our hearts, from the beauty of nature, which is reflected in the collection through our use of natural materials, to the white owl's symbolism as a Goddess in ancient Celtic folklore."
We’re launching our Winter 2012 collection titled Perpetual Motion online this week and couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview of our new campaign, shot on location at Sydney’s Bronte Gully and Beach.
This season we’ve introduced silk to the range, seen above in one of our favourite pieces, the California top in the colour Flame. A little known fact about this beautifully luxe fabric is that it’s cooler and more breathable than cotton and so ideal for the Australian climate and our moderate winter weather – a key reason why you’ll be seeing much more silk in our future collections. But right now we’re sure you’ll enjoy the luxe feel of our new silk shirts, silk-trimmed merino wool cardigans and, one of our personal favourites, the silk-trimmed Le Crillon poncho, seen at top. “Layer it up with a long-sleeved top, leggings, and a pair of suede ankle boots,” says our creative director, Rebecca Powell. “It’ll be the most comfortably stylish piece in your wardrobe all winter.”