London based designer Felicity Brown has worked with Lanvin, Mulberry and Alberta Feretti, who have all significantly influenced her work. In her current collection Brown’s strong textile background shows itself prominently.

The Autumn/Winter 2010 collection is separated into two parts, the first being "twenty-three t-shirts", a reference to the family’s lucky number, which follows us everywhere” says the designer's brother Henry. The hand-cut t-shirts are silk screened in rusty brown and navy blocks with hand-cut necklace stencils inspired by tribal Egyptian and African jewellery that create striking, wearable looks.

The other half of the collection is inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings of flamboyant prostitutes leaning against the bar in extravagant ruffles and unapologetic exhibitionism.  The heavily constructed silk dresses are hand-dyed inky blues, fierce oranges, and canary yellows on a cream base, crimped to imitate Japanese origami and botanical drawings.

Words: Christine Pettman
Images: Ljiljana Pajovic

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