Ingrid Starnes A/W 'Le Coups de Foudre' collection has arrived in store this week!
'Le Coups de Foudre', translates to 'the bolt of lightning' - or more specifically, the bolt of lightning that strikes the feeling of falling in love at first sight. This is a collection inspired by the inquisitive spirit and salon of Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein was a writer and poet who broke literary and cultural conventions. She was also one of the foremost collectors of modernist art and interesting people of her age. Her Saturday evening gatherings at her home on the Left Bank of Paris were attended by writers, thinkers and artists such as Matisse and Picasso, whose works looked down from the walls. This collection joins that salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus.
With a stand-out print, hand painted by Ingrid and inspired by Matisse, there is a sensibility that spans the fashion of Paris from the 20s to the 60s. It is a collection dedicated to the woman that took the bolts of lightning, from her partner Alice B Toklas and her great friends Matisse and Picasso, and kept them afire for four decades.
We spoke to Ingrid about her new collection...
- Tell us about the hand-painted print this season.
The print was painted by Ingrid and printed in NZ, and inspired by Matisse. This is extraordinarily more expensive than doing it overseas, but the environmental and labour protections that NZ production ensure that make it expensive also make it the right thing to do. We make everything we can in NZ and do all of the making of the clothes here.
- What is your favourite piece, and why?
The Veronica shirt, a beautiful silk shirt in the print. I am also going to live in the cotton t-shirt in the print!