Spring Summer 2017
Struck by the collision of the ridiculous decadence of the late 1980s and her own chavvy childhood in Lancashire, Powney approached the 80s with a dose of wit to develop the Mother of Pearl SS17 collection, finding her inspiration in the diversity of female leads from the 1989 film series New York Stories.
Her first muse was Zoë Martinez, the outrageously over indulged heroine of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1989 film Life Without Zoë, co- written by Sofia Coppola. Pastel coloured tweeds, dropped waists, chains, luxury fabrications and pale denim, combined with oversized shapes and extra long sleeves, draw upon the wardrobe of 9 year old Zoë and her friends, wearing their mother’s couture.
In complete contrast, Sadie Millstein’s neatly perfected style in Woody Allen’s Oedipus Wrecks inspired Powney to develop prints, details and layering. The colour palette of Mrs. Millstein’s outfits and granny flat, details of her costume jewellery, cushions and curtains, can be seen scattered throughout.
Paulette’s style and attitude, in Martin Scorsese’s Life Lessons, offered the perfect reference to add a slightly racy tone to SS17. Paulette’s understated sexuality materialises through black bodycon dresses, loosely done up oversized shirts, jeans and T-shirts which Powney has infused with her other character influences.
With sportswear the mainstay of Mother of Pearl and idiosyncratic to Powney’s design DNA, SS17 remains grounded with a sense of nonchalance and cool seen through sports socks, relaxed styling and branded sweaters and tapes. These athletic aspects clash with frilled boots and heels, ready for the Mother of Pearl woman to make her way to Rodeo Drive!