spring 2011 preview: the divine feminine

by Valerie

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I am extremely excited to present my spring 2011 collection in a few weeks! The title of the collection is the divine feminine.

As always, the collection will consist of six colorways each of my three flagship designs, the wristlet, the classic handbag, and the envelope clutch. Although this will be my tenth (!) collection for Holland Cox, this is my first time creating a collection that is unified in theme and color.

 
ruffles to be hand sewn onto a wristlet

 
I have no idea why I resisted for so long, but I did. In the past, I went out of my way to create collections made up of fabrics and colorways that had nothing to do with each other. Last year, I tried something different by focusing on texture rather than loud patterns. For this collection, I’m keeping the focus on texture, and adding something new: a very narrow color palette.

 
linen in orange and earth tones

 
I’ve been obsessed with orange lately. The orange, black, and off-white linen print above was the first bit of fabric I bought for this collection, and served as the thematic center of the collection, color and fiber-wise.

Orange is the star of the show, with supporting roles played by neutrals and trusty Holland Cox favorites like indigo and purple. But fear not, my loves! I haven’t at all abandoned my love for bold patterns. Several cotton prints will join the solid linen to create the bold signature Holland Cox look you’ve come to expect.

 
cotton prints in orange, yellow, and blue

 
While images of flame-colored linen danced in my head during the dark and cold months of December and January, my mind was focused on another, totally unrelated project: The Vagina Monologues. A very good friend of mine is the director of a local production, and I’ve been helping her organize and promote the show.

 
hand dyed silk ribbon

 
Working on the production naturally had me thinking about all the amazing things women are capable of, and the extraordinary hardships they live through and triumph over every day. I believe these thoughts subconsciously led me to the theme of my collection: the divine feminine.

Each handbag in the collection is named after a female goddess, divine spirit, or mythical figure. I tried to avoid the ones everybody knows (e.g. Aphrodite, Isis, Pandora), but I did want to represent as many different cultures as possible. This is going to be an envelope clutch named after the Japanese mother of fire and goddess of creation and death, Izanami.

 
spring 2011 envelope clutch in progress

 
Just like my last collection, each handbag is one-of-a-kind, and will have some element of texture. I found it interesting that so many female goddesses are associated with fire, life, death, sexuality, fertility, rebirth, water and earth: all the essential elements of the human experience. The color palette that had already been haunting me for months fit in perfectly!

 
satin ribbon

 
So stay tuned for Monday, March 28. As always, newsletter subscribers will see the goodies first, and get a sweet exclusive price. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

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