Klements’ inspiration for Autumn Winter 15/16 came from winter voyages of the past. A cocktail of Moby Dick and the 1889 artworks flooding the circumference ‘Bourse De Commerce’ in Paris.
Evocative scenes of past commerce and exotic carpets from the Orient and Middle East being loaded off ships. Traders excited by new finds and items returning home to housewives who were intrigued and excited by the world from which the carpets and artefacts came. Myths, tales, imagination and lack of understanding – it was said the wives thought the Orient was full of savages!!
This dark fearful exotica is the mood and spirit for the winter collection. The prints depict dark spiritual jungle scenes, ships departing and the masks of savages. Carpets piled up onto the back of boats and the “trippy” surreal stories and smells of the fibres arriving back into European homes.
Klements’ prints are hand drawn and painted and Autumn Winter 15/16 exhibits this more than any other. The designer’s photography is a source of prints; animal skins; precious metals and origami. The prints are festooned onto the most luxurious silks and cashmeres and made into scarves in Italy or flooded onto garments printed and made in England.
The garments are relaxed, fluid silk, 90s inspired shapes. The colours a carnival of dark brooding opulent tones.