Serpent & the Swan’s men’s and women’s Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection is delightfully titied Lady & Ermine and was inspired by 14th Century Renaissance, in particular an artwork Leonardo Di Vinci’s artwork ‘Lady with an Ermine’.
Very much in keeping with the label’s fascination with the mystery and beauty of the animal kingdom, this season the creative design duo Hayley and Lauri Smith behind Serpet & the Swan drew their inspiration from the domesticated pets that the aristocracy and royalty of the 14th Century kept (like the super cute critters that you see above, called Ermine in the 14th century,but better known as ferrets today).
The collection is as dark and mystical as ever, with clever use of textures that contrast against each other like dark velvets, cracked leathers, silk, mesh and metal sequin brocade.
The collection speaks to me of a modernized version of a woman of the aristocracy of years gone by…modern in the sexy silhouettes yet paying homage to the textural and rich use of layers and fabrics that conjure up images of queens and ladies of the court.
Key pieces have to be oversized shearling jackets, those plush faux furs (note please, its all faux and ethical!), plus the beauty in the details of the Serpent & the Swan’s signature bronze fastenings, which for this seasonis tiny ermine skull buttons and horse head zipper pulls. It’s those details that really speak of a collection and label with longevity and vision.
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