BASKET WEAVING WAS TRADITIONALLY NEEDED FOR EVERYTHING, STORAGE, FOOD, CLOTHING AND EVEN TRANSPORT. SPRING/SUMMER 15 BRINGS THIS CUSTOM FROM AS FAR BACK AS THE PHARAOHS TO THE FOREFRONT OF FASHION. THE TEXTURE, COLOURS AND SHAPES USED IN THIS SEASON, EVOKE SURREAL VISIONS OF THE AFRICAN DESERT.
From reed baskets of ancient Pompeii to furniture for wealthy pharaohs, wicker weaving has been used for very practical applications, in exotic, hot and distant lands around the world and for far longer, than we can remember from history class. Spring/Summer 2015 brings this adaptation of a traditional technique inspired by Africa. It has made its way into our wardrobes in, given, far less practical applications, but with the same poignant atmosphere, that can carry us into the summer. Unfortunately, we couldn’t admit to using Ferragamo’s woven bag as storage per se, but if carrying your iPhone and some snacks in this exquisite tote counts, we will have two please. Rosie Assoulin explores a similar technique and aesthetic within her textile choices. Skirts and tops create soft yet voluminous silhouettes and a handbag that mimics an ancient water carrier are all made in delicate panama style raffia. And whilst Dior’s woven boots couldn’t technically be called transport, we do believe we could cross many lands in these shoes, in a plane I suppose, but that’s beside the point.
The Spring/Summer collection by Hermès has a romantic Sahara feel, with one piece in particular, a coat, woven with those beautiful North African colours. On the same subject, Proenza Schouler half-finishes a weave leaving threads hanging, draped in the shape of dresses and skirts in a deep pool blue. In sand swept tones with a Moroccan aesthetic and shape, is a woven, very textural dress by The Row. Fendi involves itself in the concept with an elegant structural tote that reminds us of hand-woven Zulu dolls, a nice accent to almost any outfit. Veronique Leyroy and Max Mara stick with classical shapes, but add texture and interest with raffia style effects and colours, an easy way to adapt the trend into your summer uniform. And, if it’s just a touch of this idea you want, finish any perfect holiday outfit with Stuart Weitzman’s raffia stiletto sandal, a good way to have at least one foot in this desert adventure.
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