EQ:IQ FW2014/15 Alpine Winter Travels Inspire Collection inspired by the mystic of winter Alpine travels. Fouiita, Cosmic Wonder, Ice Land, and Alpinism offer ready-to-wear collections representing the brand’s multi-layered lifestyle approach with confidence and creativity. Continuing the Foujita inspired collection, Cosmic Wonder caputres the artist’s moodier side with a palette of mocha, slate, blue, black and teal. The designer interprets a sense of new age mysticism with metallic fabrications, layering and loose silhouettes. The attention is in the detail with hard and soft combinations of materials such as the knit dress with silk satin skirt. Outerwear is key in this collection as the colder weather approaches; jackets with oversized collars or quilted linings are set to be top sellers.
On a colour palette of soft icy whites, greys and blues, this collection has plenty of Nordic influences that represent the strength of nature that combines the harsh elements with the soft aesthetics such as volcanic savagery alongside the glistening glaciers. Furry and chunky cable knits, soft shiny rabbit fur, and tweed are all represented in this delivery that offers narrow slim pants with relaxed volumes, soft edges and round shoulders. Big wooden buttons, wide belts and leather and fur accents and trims provide some subtle Inuit influences.
This first delivery pays homage to the late Japanese-born Parisian-based artist Tsugoharu Foujita and his love of cats and birds. Animal-paw prints, faux fur, feather illustrations and cattails all feature throughout this story. The palette is fresh with colours inspired by cockatoos such as pink, yellow, coral, grey and beige. Encouraging a mix-and-match approach, this masculine collection with a twist offers lots of shirt and skirt combinations. Top buys include the jumpsuit, yellow polo shirt, ruffle skirts and EQ Tee. Loose tunic shirt dresses and 2-way tops are also popular key pieces, alongside feline inspired jacquard and knits integrated printed silks.
The journeys to the Swiss Alps for its final delivery, by capturing the sense of achievement felt when summiting the beautiful snow capped mountains, taking in the breathtaking views, fresh air and pure serenity. Like the mountains that inspired this collection, it’s all about proportions; cropped jackets, slip leg pants, oversized wool coats, big scarves and large skirts. White and black is accented by blues, olive greens and pastel pinks. Ski inspired jacquard patchwork, snowflake motifs and padded elbows all feature in the knit department while grey mélange jersey, stretch silk and cotton popeline are the heroes in the woven department. Key pieces such as the ivory coat, cape, chunky knits and leather jacket with embroider are expected to be the top buys.
Meanwhile, EQ:IQ combines each delivery with foundation pieces to carry fashionistas through the season. Expect easy to match pants, pleated skirts and blazers for work, while essential knits such as wool jersey turtlenecks, cashmere sweat shirts and tunic dresses are also closet must haves for the season. Foldable pocket shoes and loafers are also key and convenient, alongside Twist Bags, small leather goods and wallets that are all available to complete the looks.