I adore brands that make me smile and Shrimps certainly did that when they presented their Spring Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week 2017. The play on textures and prints was simply wonderful.
Hannah Weiland is the amazing designer behind the brand and I love the use of colour in this collection. It is bold, vibrant and makes a dramatic statement. Weiland takes her inspiration from the witticisms of modern art and a playful engagement with pattern and texture, and that clearly shows through in this fab collection.
Her pints are inspired by a Romantic trip to Venice – Venetian pinks and reds, with bright swirls and hues of beautiful Murano Glass. Hand ink drawings of organic forms include animals, feathers, shells and summer pumpkins. Shapes and lengths are sweeping, ruffled and ruched – with open cut outs and luminous ribbons found on dresses and blouses.
Describing love, desire, lust and vulnerability, these comprise her most ambitious works to date. The series borrows its title, Aristotle’s Lantern, from the name that illustrates the mouth of a sea urchin, discovered for the first time by the ancient Greek philosopher. These underwater creatures, the stars of the sea, boast special metaphorical significance for the artist. Just like us, despite their spiked armour, their centres are soft and sensual and their mouths converge all of life’s most vital faculties: eating, breathing and loving. This is certainly a collection that has a true meaning for the designer. And you can’t help but smile and feel happy when looking at the collection.
Images kindly provided for use, all image credits to Jamie Stoker.