The inspiration behind Anya Hindmarch’s newest bespoke fashion collection was the overlap between the glamour and softness of winter wanderlust and the murkier world of Old Norse folklore motifs.
This has been explored in the designs by, according to the designer herself, using “modern interpretations of traditional leather craft techniques, including Scandinavian Kurbits and complex hand-woven leatherwork”. For those unfamiliar to this central inspiration, Kurbits are a Swedish folk art style consisting of mostly symmetrical and simplistic tapestry-esque floral compositions, which are visualised here on large additions to coat lapels and three-dimensional bag tassels.
Baby pink and blue in combination with autumnal greens and orange are the prevailing colours featured here, in the shape of structured woollen coats, often with panels of leather and shearling, with jumpers and draped with fuzzy shawls or hats. Anya’s choice of footwear continues the traditional Swedish theme, with clogs, or Träskor taking centre stage.
Anya Hindmarch is perhaps Cutler and Gross’ most enthusiastic fan, commenting “Cutler and Gross frames have punctuated my life. They epitomise a confidence, a very British confidence. They have always done ‘their thing’, and quality and individual style – real style – have always been at the core of what they do”. Having featured their frames for several seasons of fashion week. Cutler and Gross’ sunglasses added an appropriate wintry vibe, with their large and tinted design (often featuring oversized floral sidepieces) highly reminiscent of ski goggles. Indeed, the runway up which the models trekked continued this theme, being reminiscent of a rocky mountain crevice or icy glacier. The set alternated between shades of pink, purple, blue, and a change toward the warmer orange, red and yellow changed the atmosphere to a jagged, almost volcanic desert.
Cutler and Gross frames have punctuated my life. They epitomise a confidence, a very British confidence.
Are you inspired by the ski vibe? Shop the Cutler and Gross collection here, with their oversized sunglasses in a series of colours, including tortoiseshell and a muted beige.