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Monday, August 30, 2010

tainted love

This afternoon I got an email directing me to Natalie B Coleman’s website. Natalie, an Irish designer, is an alumni of Limerick College of Art and Design and Central St Martins. According to her website, Natalie is ‘inspired by the stories, secrets, longings of individuality in all women’, and this can certainly be seen in her collection ‘Damaged Goods’. This collection is a collection for women, no such thing as overt body - con or at the other end of the spectrum, constrained restricting clothing. These are simple, lightweight cool clothes and utterly fuss free.

A quick email later, Natalie tells me that the inspiration for this collection was tainted love, (I love this idea!) and looking at the collection, with this in mind, it all begins to make sense. The black and white, the layering of fabrics and the abundance of transparent material, a flower – like dress with tough biker boots, the romance of dress straps resembling the petals of a withered flower and the irresistible hint of sixties’ minimalism.

As someone who loves graphic tees, I am particularly enamoured with the printed tops and vests. The silk vests are printed with fun, tongue in cheek comments: ‘I TOOK IT LIKE MEDICINE’ or ‘BLAH Blah i blah love blah blah you'. Natalie describes it as a kind of ‘whimsical humour’ and together with the quick sketchy prints of nudes it’s all terrifically edgy and modern. The bulk of the collection is created in sheer and silk fabrics - triple silk georgette, silk gazar, silk organza and crepe de chines – which create a lovely sense of understated femininity (the thought of silk against skin) and the expanse of sheer propels this collection to the very cusp of modernity.

Natalie is currently working on her a/w collection – I look forward.



2 comments:

Elle said...

It's beautiful. A very unified collection. Want the velvet trousers!

jen said...

wow, i love it - have never come across her before - cheers for that insight. and tainted love - fanfriggintastic!

jen
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