The inspiration for the Spring 2020 collection emerged from the bushfires that struct Australia in late 2019. The disaster tested us in ways we could never have imagined, yet despite all this, left us overwhelmingly optimistic.
I found a piece of burnt driftwood washed up on the sand of Bronte Beach. It was remarkable, not only the feel and the look of this piece of driftwood but everything it represented – disaster, resilience and the arid, the vastness of the Australian landscape.
Photo Synthesis became about processing these ideas and reconciling the destruction of the fires with the need to create.
Photo Synthesis: the innate magic of elements transformed into essential lifeforce. In our case, meaning the realisation of our creativity through the lens of a zoom call and the development of an idea from an inspirational image.
We are learning to breathe, to take our time, to be respectful, to find purpose in the pursuit of dreams, to flow with the tide, to harness natures power, and to CREATE.
The colours play with the intense tones of the Australian landscape –draped fabrics in natural hues; deep ochres and vivid sky blues, red earth and dusty sandstone, pale dry grass and the deep sea.
The prints also derived from nature – still-life amidst a geometry of Check Weaves. The collections signature print, cut in a sheer georgette fabric features imagery from Environmentalist photographer Carolyn Young.
Nothing is stagnant in nature, and change is the only constant, so too with fashion.
So here you have us, part modern minimalist, part new romantic, part theory, part practice, and these contrasts are channelled through the clothes.
The last part of the equation is the transformation that happens when the wearer puts on the clothes. This is where the real magic begins!
Bianca Spender has pledged a Carbon Neutral 2020 target.