A true departure from previous collections, THEIA Spring 2014 is inspired by a Sunday afternoon stroll in April through The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Its majestic Cherry Blossoms and Magnolia trees were in full bloom. Pale pink puffed out clouds of delicate petals set against the dazzling blue sky inspired a journey to Japan.
The Cherry Blossoms became silk prints created from a mixture of my photos, combined with paintings.
The Imperial Seal of Japan, the Chrysanthemum, found on a vintage Kimono is brought in to the 21st century, reproduced on neoprene, or woven in to luscious jacquards,
Giant waves shimmer in deep blue metallic sharkskin, are captured in intricate embroideries, and swirling curved seams where jacquards splash up against sharkskin.
The delicacies of the floral prints are juxtaposed with the clean sharp lines of black and white slashed with red, inspired by Japanese calligraphy.
Standouts include: red duchess satin mermaid gown with hand embroidered glass encrusted neckline; a black white and red color block mermaid gown; a black kimona printed neoprene sweatshirt, black and tangerine crepe slim skirt (shown above)
*photos courtesy of Craig Berritt/Getty Images