Looks from Katie Battersby’s new Floating World collection. Images supplied.
Katie Battersby‘s latest collection has just been released and the talented designer has beautifully utilised her love of all things Japanese for Summer 2017/18’s collection called Floating World. Her background in art informs Battersby’s considered approach to fashion and this range is a stunning reflection of her creative vision and features a clever use of floral motifs.
Floating World refers to the Ukiyo “floating world” from Japan’s Edo period which depicted a vibrant new section of society that enjoyed relaxation, humour and entertainment. Ukiyo-e or “pictures of the Floating World” depicted scenes of kabuki theatre, bathhouses, geisha, sumo wrestlers and samurai and were originally found in red light districts. The evolution of Japanese art saw the images become woodblock prints and as Japanese art and culture gained popularity in Europe in the 19th century many artists were influenced by the way these prints presented everyday objects in simple but decorative ways.
Battersby’s collection is a love letter to the enduring legacy of the“Floating World” and draws inspiration from the charming style of Kabuki. The result is a collection that has a vibrant personality with a dose of humour and feels contemporary and fresh. The designer has gone for clean lines and bold shapes which anchor the range and provide a solid base for the stunning floral motifs in bold colours. Kimono style jackets paired with high waisted pants continue to reflect the Japanese inspiration and are complemented by romantic shirts and vintage floral print t-shirts. Wrap dresses and skirts evoke classic style in khaki while elsewhere Battersby’s use of flame red silk and touches of gold hint at luxurious textiles of a bygone era. It’s fair to say that Floating World is a soaring triumph and is available online now.
You can also shop Floating World at Katie Battersby’s pop up shop from 13th – 19th November at Ponsonby Central in Auckland.