Spring Summer 2018
For Spring/ Summer 18 the Mother of Pearl woman has fallen into a David Hockney painting and been transported to a Californian poolside mansion. It wasn’t so much Hockney’s use of colour that awed Amy Powney, although the hues of this collection have been lifted from his pallets, it was Hockney’s simplistic style choices which he uses to create such a vast sense of perspective.
From this point of focus, Powney set about to combine scales of prints and checks, playing with rouching, pleats, and combinations of fabrics, to form a sense of foreground and depth within a singular garment or outfit. Powney also found inspiration in Sophie Calle’s ‘The Chromatic Diet’ to style co-ordinate the pieces by block colour and print.
Powney, never a far cry away from her Northern roots, naturally combined the life-style of Hockney’s Californian high society friends with her core references for the brand. She looked to her childhood holiday’s with her Grandma at the British seaside, with a nod toward Martin Parr’s photo series, ‘The Last Resort, evident in the stick of rock stripes, silk scarves bowed on shoes and quilted anoraks.