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SPRING / SUMMER 2016

RUNWAY LOOKS

Sanctus Hortum

Myth has it that Venus' son Cupid accidentally shot arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him, and it was the sting of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns. And, when Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, it was the droplets of her blood which turned the roses red. The Spring-Summer collection is inspired by the wild roses of the English countryside. It started with a family road trip exploring the English National Trust Gardens. “What made us connect with the wild roses where their pure natural beauty and the sharp protecting stems of thorns. Nature’s virtuous beauty with the blood reminding us of the dark sins of the beasts – we dream under the trees of a thornless world. The garden reminds us of the innocents and beauty of a child and the unity and love of us as a family.” The collection contrasts the romantic and fragile against the wild and amorous – soft printed chiffon and flowers are restrained with exotic leathers, pearls, embroidery, phyton and boning. Light green, pink, peach, light blue, gold, pearl and black dresses are tied on to the delicate skin leaving the flowers blowing in the breeze.

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