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!

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Otis denim coat with pearls
Finley denim trouser with frill cuff
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Milo denim shirt dress
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Annie neoprene dress with vertical frill
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Otis neoprene coat with pearls
Rosalind daisy damask blouse in white
Dorcus neoprene printed midi skirt
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Chester tailoring blouse in red
Charlie jersey t-shirt in white
Dorcus denim midi skirt
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Abigail denim shirt
Alberta denim shift top
Jewell denim trouser with pearl cuff
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Cleve stripe lace t-shirt
Elmira stripe lace skirt
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Charlie jersey t-shirt in white
Quincey stripe lace shift dress
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Bryant tweed coat in navy
Astrid daisy/cloque dress in navy
Jenny backpack in black
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Lutie knit flared dress in navy
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Bonnie daisy damask blouse in red
Elmira daisy damask skirt in red
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Twilla daisy damask dress in red
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Chester tailoring blouse in red
Blaine flocked tulle dress in pink
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Charlie jersey t-shirt in white
Jewell tailoring trouser in red
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Chester blouse in navy dreamer print
Charlie jersey t-shirt in white
Elmira skirt in navy dreamer print
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Otto jersey top in black
Twilla dress in serpent rose print
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Andres printed dress with flat pleats
Winston satchel bag in black
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Helma jersey sweatshirt in black
Gail tweed dress in white
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Andres tweed dress in ivory
Jude shoulder bag in red
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Lavanda blouse in toile pink rose print
Ola long skirt in toile pink rose print
Jude shoulder bag in black
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Milo wool shirt dress in white
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Astrid tweed/cloque dress in white
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Max tweed hoodie in white
Jewell tailoring trouser in navy
Jude shoulder bag in red
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Vince tweed blouse in navy
Christie tweed/tulle skirt in navy
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Arizona tailoring shift top in navy
Finley trouser with frill cuff in navy
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Otto jersey top in black
Twilla flocked tulle dress in navy
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Charlie jersey t-shirt in black
Blaine metallic dress in hibiscus print
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Lavanda wool blouse in white
Elmira metallic skirt in hibiscus print
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Otis neoprene coat in white
Maude long sequin skirt in white
Jude shoulder bag in pink
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Chester lurex blouse in white
Rollie daisy damask dress in white
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Aurora knit jumper in white
Christie tweed/tulle skirt in gold
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Codey tweed hoodie in gold
Maude tweed long skirt in gold
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Blair tweed wrap coat in gold
Jewell denim trouser
Jude shoulder bag in pink
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