AW16 Back to School: Inspiration Behind the Collection
The first collection under our new Head of Knitwear, Florence Salazar (see Vogue), Autumn/Winter ’16 took our obsession with material creativity to new heights. With novel, large-scale intarsias and sophisticated knit techniques, native Parisian, Florence, was inspired by English schoolgirls and references to the classic uniform. Discover the key elements central to this academic-inspired collection.
THE APPLE MOTIF
A playful nod to school days, the apple makes its appearance as an oversized motif and as an all-over intarsia. An eye-catching interpretation, the apple adds character to our AW16 looks.
SEASONAL HUE: CHARTREUSE
Halfway between green and yellow, chartreuse is vibrant yet wonderfully autumnal vibe. Earthy yet electric, the hue looks especially enhanced on AW16’s beautifully textured Merino and cashmere sweaters.
Classic school uniform details as intarsias form some of the collection’s most playful options. Paired with jeans or monochrome tones, these unexpected details really pop.
‘Friday’ and ‘good girl’ conversational cashmere sweaters and cotton t-shirts form the seasonal slogan pieces, tying in with the academic theme. A literal conversation starter, and a fun way to represent everyone’s perennial favourite day of the week.
Cosy yet directional, our impeccably knitted Merino wool dresses in the collection tap into our penchant for easy dressing. In a classic fit-and-flare style as well as striped maxi dress, these knit dresses will add instant elegance.
BOLD SHIRT HEMS
We’ve been experimenting with sweater hems since our inception, and this season the shirt hem is made even bolder and extra long. A distinctly contemporary design element, it allows for many layering effects. Try it over an even longer t-shirt or blouse in a contrast colour.
See the rest of recently launched Chinti and Parker AW16 here, or view the Lookbook.