Anya Hindmarch’s Spring ’14 Is Out Of This World
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Need to know: Founded by its namesake designer in 1987, the British leather accessories brand Anya Hindmarch hardly needs an introduction. Awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to the British fashion industry, the designer continues to impress with the craftsmanship, wit, and quality embedded in her bags, whose fans include Anne Hathaway and the Duchess of Cambridge. Exploring the feeling of weightlessness in her Spring ’14 runway show, which was set inside a purpose-built planetarium, Hindmarch presented a deconstructed and modern collection that literally brought the roof down. Inspired by a levitating, magnetic orb toy that she found in Tokyo’s Narita airport, the Spring offering boasted galaxy-print snakeskin handbags in orange, turquoise, and yellow. These floated in the air together with smiley face shopping totes. The general feeling of lightness pervaded as the planets on the ceiling turned into big smiley faces that elicited grins from the audience.
She says: “The collection was inspired by weightlessness and this particular technique we found, which makes the leather very lightweight. I wanted to transform a boring runway show to a planetarium, so the idea of the show was that it was happening above your head and in the air.”
Where to find it: With fifty-eight stores globally, including New York, London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Hindmarch’s wares can be found on almost every continent, as well as online. However, the bespoke collection is only available in the Madison Avenue store in New York and a dedicated store in London.