Pichulik’s SS16 collection pays tribute to Villa Lena in Italy, where Katherine-Mary Pichulik stayed for a two month art residency during the European summer. “This collection is for the woman who has a sense of humour and a lust for travel. She collects a trousseau of objects to mark her travels and memories, and prizes experiences over appearances. The pieces are therefore effortless, unapologetic and designed to follow the wearer’s movements. They balance bold and soft to make a statement without being loud,” she says.
Stylistically, the luxe boho aesthetic combines detailing and shapes that echo the 70s Italian raffia – this is seen in the fringing of the ‘Curtain Ponte Dera’ neckpiece and the bright colours and cylindrical and triangular shapes of Memphis design in Ashoka, with its bold blue beads and crescent-shaped brass tubing. White, black and gold dominate this lookbook and with the images hint at classical Italian marble statues and Catholic purity, while the sophisticated poses flirt with the glamour of the Amalfi coast. Think Tuscany’s noon heat, cool breezes blowing through olive groves, luminescent blue pools, night-time swimming and slow days in studio listening to Fred Buscaglione.
Lena is available at www.pichulik.com as well as the AKJP Collective in Kloof Street in Cape Town. As of November 19, it will be available in Johannesburg at Work Shop New Town.
Photography: Travys Owen / Stylist: Jody Paulsen / Clothing: Hannah Collection, Drotsky, Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen, Nico Kringo for L’Mad, W35T / Hair & make-up: Carla Gersie / Model: Alex Glenday