Spring Summer 2011
AFTERNOON GRACE: A powerful image can set off a whirlwind of emotions. One single captured moment of a lens can place the onlooker in the particular locale. The viewing platform can inspire in a glance. The precise shot that inspired Colenimo’s SS11 was a 1928 image taken by fashion photography’s grandfather Edward Stelchen. The picturesque instant took place on the yacht of George Baher and was inclusive of the talented photographer Lee Miller (who went from working on the fashion pages of Vogue to being one of four women to capture the Second World War on film). As the four adored female subjects peered across the sea, Edward captured the afternoon’s grace. The composed postures, the gentle crossing of the ankles, and relaxed facial expressions that created a sense of ease that day.
Colenimo captures the social times of the late twenties in the SS11 collection. The unique approach to details is echoed throughout the garments with hand-stitched adornment, rope tassels, poignant buttons and hand chosen vintage fabrics.
The exceptional sourcing of materials ensures a personal approach to each garment created, supplying the consumer with a level of close intimacy.
With a black and white photo as the air of the collection the colour palette reiterated the beautiful simplicity of the muted tones with ivory, navy, sea foam, and periwinkle. Consisting of prints in a wide nautical stripe, gentle checkered and a floral pointillism reminiscent of a painting by the late, great Vincent van Gogh. The straightforwardness of an oxford cotton shirt dress with leaves and berry embellishing, an accordion pleated knit, delicate ruffles created in silk and the strength of interior fabrication creating the additional outer wear are all enclosed in the SS11 assortment. Each fabrication arrived to the designer through a story to tell. The shapes repeat the simplicity of the feminine physic and show enough to make the wearer gain that second glance.