Kate is our Director of Design & Sustainability. Maybe it’s the great chocolate she’s always feeding us, or how she can make the most ordinary meeting seem fun, or her insistence that ‘beauty is not optional’ or the way all the dogs gather around her desk like she’s the fairy dogmother. Maybe it’s all of those things… but she really has a way of taking it to a whole other level. Here’s what she has to say about our spring ’13 line:
Where did you begin with this line?
I must admit to being profoundly under the influence of a recent Italian vacation when we embarked on designing spring ’13. I loved being surrounded by great and simple beauty at every turn and the pleasure of imprecision – the easy rhythm of unstructured days, an itinerary that meandered and meals that were discovered, not scheduled. Having clothes that support this kind of experience with their functionality and imperfect, comfortable beauty is certainly part of the simple pleasure. When there is no resistance the world opens up in improbable ways.
How is this evident in the spring line?
Clean lines and crisp perspective will always inspire us. You can see it in the strong architectural influence of past seasons. We also love paradox, which is what motivated us to explore the creative space between precise structure and the overwhelming freedom of formlessness. The disciplined aesthetic that characterized Spring ‘12 evolved this season to be softer, a little blurred around the edges and very accommodating. Only half tongue-in-cheek, we’ve named our inspiration for spring ‘13 Shapeshifter.
In the most literal sense, shifting shapes include rounded, sometimes dropped or scalloped hemlines, dropped shoulders, longer, more fluid lengths, easy volume, curved seams, rounded pockets and less pointed V-necks. For print and pattern design we drew inspiration from the ultimate shapeshifter: water. Water is absolutely vital, takes many forms and its adaptability and fluidity provide a wonderful metaphor for a life well-lived.
But only one aspect of Shapeshifter refers to form. Its more important quality implies versatility and the ability to move effortlessly through different environments. We’ve created styles that morph to suit a life lived outdoors and in, that work and play, handle the city with confidence but love the beach, the mountains and most of all, to travel.