‘CLAIR DE LUNE’
Looking up into the night sky you feel motionless and mesmerized as you fall prey to the moon’s charm. Whether it is crescent or full, you bear witness to an eternal celestial struggle for dominance between light and darkness.
The moon’s power and its magnetism are transcended to us through its light. It is this very moonlight that, like an invisible veil, dresses up the night and sets the mood. Whether it falls upon an ocean, a desert or upon a woman’s body it inspires romanticism, a feeling of mystery, elegance and seduction, a fascination with the female form.
Maria Aristidou’s knit couture collection Autumn Winter 2019 -20 is an ode to Clair de Lune, she collaborated with high end jewelry designer, Yi Jin Mei Xing . The cuts, the designs and accessories with hand embroidered embellishments on colourful, luxurious knit fabrics, made by the designer; they all accentuate the timeless romance, femininity and uniqueness that are defined in every flicker, every speck of Clair de Lune.
The magic of knitwear inspired the designer to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns. The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou’s fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories. The process of each collection production starts from the fabric design. Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk and velvet are ordered from France and Italy. Then, a series of patterns are designed in great detail followed by a series of tests to decide on the yarns will be used for each pattern, how thick or thin the fabric to be, colour sampling combinations, hand-embroidery design testing, quality and durability checks etc. The whole design and production processes take place in Cyprus.
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Words by: Karine Laudort
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