A crumbling piece of metal from a journey to Eastern Europe has morphed in to a wearable collection for Serpent & the Swan Spring Summer 2014/15. Design sisters Hayley & Lauri Smith took to ‘The Box’ to unveil their new collection in a sensory runway showcase featuring a haunting live performance by the inimitable Sarah Blasko with harp accompaniment by Clare Cooper.
The Bronze Age is an ode to ancient rituals, taking thousand year old sculptures, artefacts and symbology and essentially transforming these into pieces of wearable memorabilia.
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“There was this old archaeological museum in Bulgaria which held these incredible artefacts, it was breath taking,” said Hayley Smith, one half of Serpent & the Swan. “There was this one particular piece which was just a fragment of deteriorated metal from 1600 BC, which caught my attention. I turned the photo of this in to a yardage print which then inspired our whole Spring Summer collection.”
The collection also features a serpentine placement print created by musician Annie Hamilton of Australian band Little May styled with a collaborative jewellery collection specifically created for the runway by LA-based jeweller Luv AJ, cracked metal and patent shoes by ROC and braided hand stitched men’s leather shoes by Mere Footwear.
Subtle pentagram cut out details in leather feature in the collection alongside high neck perforated neoprene and metallic tops and bombers and silk slip dresses and culottes. Trademark sheer and leather pieces are present throughout with traditional silk and leather kimonos becoming hero pieces of the collection.