Beacon Hill’s Floating World a feast from the Far East
May 4, 2014,
New York – For its spring 2014 silk collection, Beacon Hill has looked to the East to inspire Floating World,an opulent line of storied fabrics.
The company said its in-house design team “foresaw the trends of the 18 th and 19 th Century French styles Japonisme and Chinoiserie and addressed them in an original way by integrating bold color combinations, captivating motifs, and exquisite constructions for a collection that transports the imagination to an exotic, dream-like landscape.”
Alexis Audette, Beacon Hill vp of design, said each pattern in the new collection “is rich in the stories and symbolism traditional to the style, but with a more modern avant-garde interpretation. Exploring these fantastical dreamscapes provided an opportunity to really let our creativity loose for this fresh, bold look for Beacon Hill."
The leading color story is chartreuse and lime, backed up by marigold, canary, orange, and fuchsia.
Floating World designs are: the printed silk Fuji, of which the artwork is a turn-of-the-century French document and a collage of motifs that was inspired by Edo period woodcuts; Samurai Blossom, an Italian silk and lurex jacquard that calls to mind the gilded armor of the samurai during the Edo period; Silk Ocean, a heavy Indian silk jacquard based on a silk fragment from a 19th century Qing Dynasty robe; Peony King, a heavy silk satin ground embroidered using both machine and hand embroidery techniques in India; Edo Stripe, a heavy satin quality with symmetrical stripes; and Silk Lantern, a grand-scale fretwork design on a silk and cotton jacquard in a damask construction.
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