For her Spring 2021 collection Emilia Wickstead left (temporarily?) her exuberant and fantastic aesthetic aside, in order to come back to planet Earth. For next season indeed, the designer offers a much more wearable collection, made of simple pieces easily enlightened by accessories and catchy jewels. Women need a wardrobe which looks like a white canvas, where to draw and play with their own personal taste.
Wickstead decided to leave something hers as well. Prints, but also shapes and colours recall her Samoan/New Zealand roots. The link with this region (and its seas) is reinforced with the collaboration with Hanna Jensen on one side, who made prints with natural materials obtained from wood, and with Jessica McCormack, whose jewels are created with local pearls and precious stones. Cotton garments are linear and clean, they follow the natural shapes of the body, widening on the shoulders with multi layered collars and on the midi skirts. They fit every type of physicality and answer to the needs of a vast group of women, young and otherwise.
Cast is inclusive as well, with several sizes, ages and ethnicities. The final result – also documented in a short movie – is relaxing. It seems like to hear the crystal voice of the ocean in the background.
Cover image courtesy: Emilia Wickstead