The AW11/12 collection ’Totem’ takes influence from totemic tribes, primitivism and subtraction. The influence behind this darker collection was taken from totem poles, spirits and animals, with a focus on primitive religions and deities taking on new forms. Creating a new tribe.
The collection maintains soft silhouettes and draping in silk georgette, with asymmetric cuts and the use of straps across the body, accentuating and flattering. Yet the AMINAKA WILMONT avant-garde, trademark tailoring remains strong with the use of washed leather jackets and shorts, mixed with thick, Italian Shearling and Toscana.
The digital prints from this collection are inspired by animal hides, skins and furs. The prints are bold and strong and there is a hint in the direction towards more structured blocks of shape and colour. The knitwear, in graduating shades of grey, has been cut to flow widely around a silhouette, with arm and leg warmers continuing the raw and unbreakable feel throughout the collection.
‘Totem’ is tougher, more raw, durable and meaningful. The impenetrable wedge boots, both knee and ankle high, heavily represent a strong animal’s hoof, reaffirming that a hard edge can still be elegant. With pheasant feathers, glaring eyes and long hair, there is a gluttonous edge to this collection which peaks through with the use of catwalk music; like this collection the likes of UNKLE, Kraddy and Balam Acab are not musical artists to be left unheard.
Maki Aminaka, Creative Director at AMINAKA WILMONT says, ”For us this collection has been about showing the British fashion industry who the Aminaka Wilmont woman is. She is determined and confident with her own individuality and uniqueness. This is our 7th season on schedule, we know the direction we are moving in and we want this to come across in this collection.”
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