After depositing my children off to school and day care I headed into town for a morning meet and greet with highnoontea. It was an intimate affair for media. Writers, photographers and bloggers merged together at the Mac's Function Centre for morning tea. I checked my watch as I reached for a delish glass of bubbles - for the record it was past 10am (just) so therefore completely ok. If we were in France no one would even bat an eyelid ma cherie!
After I introduced myself to some other media peeps such as Megan from Thread and Steven from The Park Brothers, it was time to get seated. Sheryl White fashion designer and director of highnoontea greeted us all and talked us through her inspiration for her Spring/Summer range titled Brave New World, which hails from the book of the same name written by Aldous Huxley.
The sci-fi novel touches on the concept of the utopian society and the effect that technological and psychological developments can have on the human race. As a result, HighNoonTea's Spring/Summer collection combines elements of utilitarian simplicity and regal delicacy in austere tones. Flowing silks and lace contrast with soft vegan leather. A mix of textures in simple hues of black, white and grey are off-set with some feature flourishes of emerald and gold.
Brave New World published in 1932, is a futuristic novel set in 2540 AD though in the book it is the year 632 AF (meaning After Ford, as in President Henry Ford). Both Eras are very evident in this collection. While there is an obvious sci-fi/futuristic feel to the range, there is also a touch of 1930s decadence shining through too. A fine contrast.
I fell in love with a floor length gold lace dress. Banded at the waist, with a high neck and long sleeves, I could totally picture this gorgeous dress on Lorde.
Brave New World is such a stunning collection. What I loved even more were the tiny beautiful details. On some of the longer, simpler cut dresses (like my gold favourite) there were hidden treasures. Like a single gorgeous button at the back of the neck or a tidily hidden pocket. I love these little surprises!