Braille's AW 11/12 collection holds something of a special place in Fashion156.com's heart. As one of the designers in our Designer Tracking Series, we followed the production of this collection, so now post fashion week and press days I find myself reflecting and meditating on the process and the result which is best exemplified in their lookbook.
Inspired by nature and the idea of regeneration the designs embody a casual but tailored elegance. Earth tones mark the colour palette nodding to mossy brown, peat greens and sludgy and lush hues which you would expect to encounter along a river bank. The indent lines upon a bolero bomber jacket are reminiscent of vines while the pocket patches upon a green suit remind me of lily pads.
The anecdotal tale the boys shared with me about their U.K. road trip; the inspiration for this collection where they explored Loch Lomond driving right up on the water’s edge is explicitly referenced. 'It was pouring rain when we drove there and it was a really amazing'. This experience no doubt manifests in AW 11/12's lure towards rainwear where an almost transparent parka directs you to an outdoor trek. And the classic coat is added to the mix channelling nehru form.
Trousers are structured with wax cotton colour panelling in places and a braided belt evokes images of the adventurous plains the boys explored.
Images courtesy of Braille.
Posted by Susan Walsh