When Kym Ellery and Duran Lantink met last year the possibility of collaborating fascinated them both. Ellery, with over a decade of design experience under her belt, was looking to embark on a meaningful project that would embrace sustainability and support emerging talent. Lantink, meanwhile, was intrigued by the prospect of applying his signature upcycling techniques to a single brand with a shared, sartorially adventurous customer. One conversation later, they realised it was a perfect match.
“Sometimes in the world of fashion, we need to find something more meaningful to say. When I heard about Duran Lantink and his work I was so curious. His way of taking existing garments and remixing them into new designs was fascinating to me and I wanted to see how he would interpret the Ellery woman.” Kym Ellery, founder and creative director of Ellery said.
The result is a limited-edition collection that blends Ellery’s precise draping and architectural shapes with Lantink’s alchemical knack for upcycling, using archival Ellery pieces to radical effect. All of the looks were crafted during lockdown, with Lantink and Ellery sharing their ideas over WhatsApp and Zoom.
After sending around 150 archival Ellery outfits to Lantink’s Amsterdam studio, he set about reworking them, meticulously documenting the process so that successful experiments could later be recreated in limited runs with a maximum of ten. (No pieces in the collection will be constructed from new fabrics.)
“Throughout the entire process, the greatest pleasure for me was watching Duran bring the pieces a new, positive energy. With his hand came new work, garments both unique and precious.” – Kym Ellery.
The Ellery x Duran Lantink collection will be launching on www.ellery.com from the 14th of October 2020 with an exclusive trunk show as well as in selected boutiques from the 14th of December 2020.
PHOTOGRAPHER: MARIE DETENEUILLE
STYLIST: SAMIA GIOBELLINA
ARTIST: KITTY CALLAGHAN
MODEL: GAIA ORGEAS
HAIR AND MAKEUP: EMILY PLUME
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