ELLERY’s Pre Fall’17 collection embodies a rebellious spirit, inspired by the high priestess of soul – Nina Simone.
Simone is famed for both her classical roots as well as her contribution to popular music. Both of these things deeply resonate with the ELLERY design ethos that works to build on classics, and in turn, creates something new.
This season’s silhouette explores ELLERY’s signature of volume, evolving the concept with both elegance and ease. Blouses, dresses and jackets unexpectedly balloon from the forearm then neatly taper in at the wrist. The waist is defined with the illusion of boning, punctuated with contrasting topstitching.
The classic suit is once again reinvented, one with an A-line sleeve and another with deconstructed frills.
Flares are ever-present in varying degrees made from silk velvet, pinstripe suiting, fluid crepes and one highlight pair adorned with hand-made metal coil embellishments.
Shirting plays with proportions of voluminous and cinched, another over-sized and backless and the last, slim and lean.
Traditional fabrications of knitted houndstooth, flocked Italian shirting and paisley silk jacquards bring a timelessness to the modern shapes. Innovative Swiss pleated tulle, mottle dyed velvets and technical gabardine fabrications effortlessly hold the collection’s silhouettes.
The warm and cool colour palette reflects the dichotomy of Nina Simone’s persona. Cool shades of blue and silver sit alongside burnt orange, mottled rust sand coppers. The crescendo is seen in a floral print of fiery red.
The shoe collection anchors the ready-to-wear range, featuring statuesque ankle boots in mirrored patent leather, gentlemanly loafers, pointy Chelsea boots and a black patent thigh-high boot that is not for the faint hearted. The leathers are densely textured featuring both embossed crocodile leather and Italian embossed velvets.
The heels are luminous and made from hand-moulded perspex featuring colours of electric orange, autumnal tortoiseshell and an almost invisible clear.
Nina Simone was known for her audacious jewellery choices which inspired ELLERY’s cacophony of statement costume pieces. The materials range from plated gold and silver to mottled resins in fleshy nudes, deep reds and a vibrant orange spotted tortoise.
Simone was once described as ‘an act to be handled like hot coals or priceless China’. The ELLERY Pre Fall’17 collection strikes a similar balance that is equal in both boldness and fragility.