15 August 2016
Olabisi saunders, creative director for the O’Saunders brand, has presented her debut collection lookbook called “Jardins de Reve de Marie”, which translates as “dreamy gardens of Marie” – as in Antoinette.
According to her, the inspiration came from the “graciousness, whimsy vibrancy and extravagant nature of Marie Antoinette’s beautiful gardens, which she nurtured and groomed for many years despite her being a very influential and controversial woman during the Victorian era”.
The collection’s silhouettes were blatantly Victorian, but with a modern edge: a hand-painted knee-length circle skirt was topped by a rib-knit cardigan, a layer of organza added drama to an otherwise simple cocktail dress, and wide leg pants were a surprising addition to a collection of over 25 dresses.
The hand painting was a recurring theme, which was the connective thread within the collection. It added an artisanal and artistic value to the clothes, and places it on a pedestal over other designers that base their collections on print.
View the lookbook below.
Styling/art direction: @thestyleinfidel
Styling assistance: @samuelnoon | @assholebydesign
Set design: Seun Awotunde @mzphabulousity