Mother Of Pearl, My favourite designer of right now

Hello everyone, Today I would like to talk about the designer Mother Of Pearl. I was not familiar with this brilliant designer until London Fashion Week 2018 where I discovered the beauty and colour of the Spring/summer 2018 collection. From red florals to blue and white stripes, Amy Powney brings humour to the brand along with a sportswear feel.

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Mother of Pearl is a luxury womenswear brand that celebrates individuality and authenticity. Based in East London, the brand takes an often humorous approach to print and design; sportswear runs through its DNA, fused with luxe fabrications and careful design. Ultimately, Mother of Pearl creates clothing that strikes a balance between the casual and luxury: effortless day wear, which can be elevated to be special enough for any occasion.

Creative Director, Amy Powney, joined Mother of Pearl in 2006, four years after the brand was founded by Maia Norman. In 2015, she was appointed Creative Director and went on to develop a complete range of ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes.

Powney draws on references from her childhood in the North of England and is inspired by the strength and real femininity of the women who surrounded her, as well as the sportswear trends so prevalent throughout her teenage years in the 90s and early 2000s. Powney often looks to important social photographers, and fashion photography from the same era to inform her designs. (Words http://www.motherofpearl.co.uk)

Spring/Summer 2018

For Spring/ Summer 18 the Mother of Pearl woman has fallen into a David Hockney painting and been transported to a Californian poolside mansion. It wasn’t so much Hockney’s use of colour that awed Amy Powney, although the hues of this collection have been lifted from his pallets, it was Hockney’s simplistic style choices which he uses to create such a vast sense of perspective.

From this point of focus, Powney set about to combine scales of prints and checks, playing with rouching, pleats, and combinations of fabrics, to form a sense of foreground and depth within a singular garment or outfit. Powney also found inspiration in Sophie Calle’s ‘The Chromatic Diet’ to style co-ordinate the pieces by block colour and print.

Powney, never a far cry away from her Northern roots, naturally combined the life-style of Hockney’s Californian high society friends with her core references for the brand. She looked to her childhood holiday’s with her Grandma at the British seaside, with a nod toward Martin Parr’s photo series, ‘The Last Resort, evident in the stick of rock stripes, silk scarves bowed on shoes and quilted anoraks.

Look 1

Look 1
Etna oversized cardigan in red/ white
Albina shirt in red
Kory culottes in red/ white
Jude bag in red/ white
Amber mules in red/ white
Look 2
Look 2
Trinity top in Sweet Meadow
Kenzie skirt in Sweet Meadow
Rena circle bag in pink
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Detail Look 2
Look 2
Rena circle bag in pink
Look 3
Look 3
Nola oversized jumper in red
Iona ribbed trouser in red
Amber mules in red/ white
Look 4
Look 4
Rayna dress in Pink Poppy Meadow
Brinley jacket in Navy Poppy Meadow
Bennie trouser in Navy Poppy Meadow
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Detail Look 4
Look 4
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Look 5
Look 5
Emory quilted coat in Pink Sweet Meadow
Dellar shirt in Ink Tulips
Aluah cropped trouser in Ink Tulips
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Look 6
Look 6
Aspen shirt in red stripe
Aluah cropped trouser in red stripe
Amber mules in red/ white
Ora bag in red/ white
Look 7
Look 7
Laurel coat in blue
Nola oversized jumper in blue
ona ribbed trouser in blue
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Look 8
Look 8
Thelma broderie anglaise dress in white
Amber mules in white
Look 9
Look 9
Otto broderie anglaise bomber in white
Bennie broderie anglaise trouser in white
Amber mules in white
Look 10
Look 10
Etna oversized cardigan in navy/ white
Charlie t-shirt in white
Kory culottes in navy/ white
Drew bag in navy/ white
Ora bag in navy/ white
Courtney mules in navy/ white
Look 11
Look 11
Deon stripe oversized coat in navy
Quinten stripe cropped trouser in navy
Courtney mules in navy/ white
Look 12
Look 12
Brinley jacket in Navy Poppy Meadow
Bennie trouser in Navy Poppy Meadow
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Look 13
Look 13
Tia shirt in blue stripe
Lottie trouser in blue stripe
Courtney mules in navy/ white
Look 14
Look 14
Anner dress in navy/ white
Amber mules in white
Look 15
Look 15
Mavis dress in white
Margot cropped trouser in white
Amber mules in white
Look 16
Look 16
Jada dress in navy/ white
Courtney mules in navy/ white
Look 17
Look 17
Rayna dress in white
Amber mules in white
Look 18
Look 18
Emory quilted coat in blue
Amber mules in Poppy Meadow
Look 19
Look 19
Albina shirt in black/ white
Treeva trouser in Wild Meadow
Look 20
Look 20
Oleta dress in Saffron Tulips
Amber mules in gold
Detail Look 20
Look 20
Oleta dress in Saffron Tulips
Look 21
Look 21
Pauletta dress in gold
Amber mules in gold
Look 22
Look 22
Morgan dress in navy Dutch Tulips
Pauletta dress in navy/ ivory Dutch Tulips
Amber mules in gold
Detail Look 22
Look 22
Look 23
Look 23
Otto quilted bomber in gold
Idella skirt in gold
Amber mules in gold
Look 24
Look 24
Max hoodie in red
Amber mules in gold
Love S x

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