Today we received our glass jewellery from glass artist Kane Cali… It is everything and more than we expected. It’s beautiful, now we’re getting really excited for this season and the catwalk show.
Here is a few reasons why glass and crystals have inspired us this season…….
The existence of glass in a vitreous state and its natural form implies strength and beauty to the simplest of raw materials, neither a liquid nor a solid, glass has the ability to obtain countless malleable states. The properties of glass are the same as those in crystals and liquids, providing mechanical rigidity with random disorder.
Formed by melting crystalline materials at very high temperatures, when cooled, the atoms are locked into a disordered state before they can form into a perfect crystal arrangement
Glass has great inherent strength, weakened only by imperfections. With its ability to reflect, bend and absorb light, glass provides a practical and alluring aesthetic.
Dissimilar to the formation of glass, is the process of crystals. Mesmerizing for their glittering beauty and mysterious healing qualities, crystals form in a repeated arrangement, holding an electric charge that facilitates healing, their strength and power is believed to be capable of enhancing energy fields.
Both materials create stunning metaphysical formations in vivid colours in unusual states, and when placed under a microscope a whole new perspective is enlivened to the beauty that they create…
Vogue.com interview, February 2012:
“The main inspiration behind the Aminaka Wilmont Autumn / Winter 2012/13 collection is glass. We are creating a darker, more sculptural mood with an altogether bigger show this season.
We have been working with a creative glass sculptor for body jewelry and accessories that feature bold tones with reflective qualities, this is adding to the excitement of what we plan to present this season.
We have taken inspiration from crystals, stones and water lilies, this season we are letting people into our creative world with a theatrical, enchanting and exciting show.”
We told Vogue.com about our inspirations:
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“This season marks a really big movement for us as a label. We have made some big developments and are really excited with what we have done. We don’t think people will be expecting this,” say Maki Aminaka and Marcus Wilmont, the design duo behind the label. This season, glass is their inspiration. “We are creating a darker, more sculptural mood with an altogether bigger show, designing more minimalist, structured looks with our woven dresses and leather jackets. We have been working with a creative glass sculptor on body jewellery and accessories that feature bold tones with reflective qualities. Our digital prints have matured yet retain the trademark Aminaka Wilmont dark and sultry style. We have taken inspiration from crystals, stones and water lilies and are letting people into our creative world with a theatrical, enchanting and exciting show,” they reveal.
Aptly named ‘Changeling’, the AMINAKA WILMONT Spring / Summer 2012 collection takes influence from Scandinavian folklore; creatures best described as the offspring of fairies or elves, or legendary creatures that have been secretly left in the place of a human child.
Inspired by beauty that is not always startlingly obvious, this season Maki Aminaka and Marcus Wilmont are redefining the AMINAKA WILMONT woman, building on her uniqueness and individuality.
The focus of this collection is structure; encompassing confidence with feminine cuts and strong shapes. Experiments of new, sprightlier, colourful shades are intertwined with soft explosions of midsummer, blossom and floral prints.
Leather jackets in dusty, soft colours are dynamic and sharp through the designers’ signature tailoring, further adding to the spirited feel of the collection. The silk chiffon shirts and shifts continue the delicate touch, with structure through inbuilt belts and soft, intricate beading on the cuffs and collars.
Woven dresses, asymmetric leggings and structured skirts with billowing tails in ghostly floral prints are defiance that the AMINAKA WILMONT woman is not afraid to be extraordinary.
“We’re really excited for this season, it has always been important to us that the AMINAKA WILMONT brand remains fresh but with longevity and timelessness.” – AMINAKA WILMONT
See the SS12 Catwalk Report and interview on Voguue.com:
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.”
See the Vogue.com Catwalk Report and interview here: