Helios & Luna designer Patricia Clyne’s Fall 2012 inspiration was sparked at an art gallery, and fueled by what she describes as ‘an obsession’ with conceptual modern artist Martin Creed. On the inspiration, she explains that she was struck by, “the graphic bold strokes and colors” that “reflected the spirit of the woman the collection is designed for.”
Seemingly simple separates were paired together with bold, unexpected pieces bringing visual interest to the looks. Old tricks like color blocking felt modern when paired with patterns like polka dot, and geometric panels were interestingly enhanced by contrasting underlays. Fall hues described as ‘polished copper’ and ‘fire’ added a powerful punch of color. The overall collection was structured, but not stuffy, and luxurious, yet ultra-wearable. With 21st-century beehives, the models’ hair enhanced the apparent juxtaposition of past meets future represented in the pieces. Geometric jewelry by Kara Ross and footwear by Fratelli Rossetti completed the looks.
The attention to detail, especially small details, like an unexpected asymmetrical hem on a pencil or the faux leather tuxedo stripe on a pair of knit leggings, show that Helios & Luna, an octogenarian powerhouse, has gone far past polishing their pieces, and has actually perfected them. With the Fall 2012 collection, it’s clear that Patricia Clyne is skilled at not only designing a look, but curating a complete lifestyle through the collection.