An electric awakening inspires the Ellery Fall 2017 collection. It’s the story of a traditional, bourgeois woman who goes on a journey of self-discovery. Silhouettes vary, each a metaphor of her trip. Corsetry, roll necks and restricted tailoring sit amongst lingerie, exaggerated sleeves and boudoir style gowns.
A colour palette of neutrals feature shades of camel, black and white that are then interrupted with a cacophony of purple, pink, yellow and fiery orange. Checked suiting and crisp shirting mark the onset of the voyage. A slither of metallic purple appears, later snowballing into latex coated lace, electric tie-dye prints, ostrich feather shags and swirling lamé jacquards.
The Italian knitwear offering is delicately knit into bouclé and extremely fine lurex mesh.
Furs are luxurious in snow fox and coyote-shorn whites sits alongside chocolate and gold.
Velvet, corduroy and patent leather make for a tactile and opulent shoe offering. Hand-moulded lava-lamp inspired perspex heels transport the collection into a psychedelic realm.
Mink covered court shoes are suspended with beads from a dismantled chandelier.
The jewellery collection, reminiscent of a bourgeois, boudoir interior references retro-style light fittings. Freshwater pearls and resin balls punctuate the silver, gold and powder coated metals.
Firework earrings explode on the lobe and across the neckline. Wind-chime shaped pieces are both sculptural and mechanical cutting a sharp line visually through the ear.
The overarching attitude of experimentation results in a collection that talks to both sides of a woman. It understands the desire for two extremes and deconstructs social expectations on a journey towards emancipation.