Last night at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town, Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen presented their AKJP AW/16 collection inspired by our fave artists, Georgina Gratrix. The collection embodies the artist’s idiosyncratic personal style that often includes OTT accessories, as well as her distinctive impasto still life paintings of larger-than-life kitsch flowers and leaves. Jody says how that they translated Georgina’s art into fashion using textures such as jacquard and warm colours. “She really inspired us in all aspects,” he says, “she is a dear friend and the collection is a celebration of our friendship”.
This 36-piece collection developed from the designs shown at Pitti Uomo in Florence earlier this year, and continue the duos signature take on classic and utilitarian menswear that makes artful use of layering, asymmetric detailing and impactful styling. The prints that feature in this collection are inspired by Georgina’s still lifes that feature giant flowers, leaves and animal patterns. The colours reference humid tropical jungle tones with muted pistachio and shades of blue, red and green. The duo describe the collection as “comfortable ready to wear pieces with a lush and tropical finished, a nod to Durban beach culture”. The sporty silhouettes are intended to transition easily from day into night and for a humid tropical winter that experiences two seasons in one day.
The focus of the collection was on outer wear, with overcoats, culottes, overalls and a new parka all featuring, designed with the Cape Town winter in mind. Jody says that a lot of work went into finding the right fabrics for this collection, which included jacquard, cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, mohair, linen, twill and impala leather manipulated and combined to create luxe textures and visual interest characteristic of the brand.
The AW 16 collection, which is designed for both men and women, will be available in the AKJP shop on Kloof Street in Cape Town from April.
All images by SDR Photos.