Midnight Waters our Autumn/Winter 2013 collection was styled up proper and shot by renowned fashion photographer Philip Meech who was able to capture the dark and haunting yet beautiful quality of the looks.
For the upcoming season the inspiration plunges into the depths of dark waters and resurfaces to a wintry landscape of melancholy beauty. Beams of moonlight bounce across the water as eyes adjust to the surrounding deep brilliance of colour. Steps here cause fleets of emerald beetles to flee, scampering atop the long forgotten vegetables of seasons past. The pale Winter is upon us: translucent skin, drying flower petals, the soft light of magic hour, the inevitable darkness. A quiet wild garden where the world shifts from abundance to a time of silent death and decay. Flowers wilt, vegetables plump up with past ripe volume; as if underwater, this progression is infinitesimally slow and filled with rich blended colour. This is the scene in mind while creating our newest collection: Midnight Waters. With the dark complex beauty of Nick Cave’s Where the Wild Roses Grow playing on loop in the background, images of abundant texture, complex composition and brilliance of colour lent to us from Pre-Raphaelite paintings filled our heads. But more than anything else, what lies just beneath the surface of those dark waters…a marriage of death and beauty, a place of reflection and mystery, there is no telling what waits for us there.
We began with the concept of the seasons; as Autumn turns to Winter and the changes that occur. What survives and what slowly fades away back into the earth; the feelings evoked from rotting fruit, dark hallways and black waters. The collection seeks the beauty in this melancholy time: the rich bleeding colors, the faint light that washes through windows of Winter, the solitary beings that survive this environmental slaughter. These ideas evolved into large detailed prints, rough constructions with shiny detail and a colour palette that is as brilliant as it is subdued.
Navy, black, oxblood, dark brown, bottle green and deep oranges populate the palette. The prints we created follow a similar suit with some rich purples woven into the colour-scape. With great inspiration drawn from what happens to flora at this time of year we used the classical technique of pressing flowers to develop our original prints. Silk, velvet and leathers are the building blocks which are then accented with subtle metal detailing and colour gradients. Materials are both matte and metallic, even the lucite which we continued on from last season sees a new life in this collection presented as both rough and perfectly shiny. Florentic technique is used to blend the colored leathers, and embroidery shows up throughout to soften some of the harder edges..Wet look leather, shimmer pearlescents and mood ring-like color swirls: all ideas born from under these dark waters.
The colors and textures often blend and bleed together, emulating the effect of decay. Silicone embossing techniques combined with the idea of Baroque era filigree create tactile intrigue. Dark and sexy, the collection is of course highlighted with our design foundation of Measured Madness. Unexpected combinations are our specialty as we irreverently mix classic techniques and innovative new ideas. With each season we look to conquer more and more elaborate ideas and this collection represents a major step forward in the always evolving Miista aesthetic.
Models Max and Skye from Profile effortlessly brought our collection to life with their striking beauty. Ornate and luxurious clothing carefully curated by Marie-Louise Von Haselberg compliments the shoes, especially the patterns which are given a new vitality in this dark and beautiful context. Lara Jensen generously created these gorgeous real flower headpieces for the shoot, adding a extra bit of femininity to the bold looks. And as always, Philip Meech’s expert eye captured our shoes in their absolute best light.
Styles will be hitting stores at the end of August so stay tuned ladies, Fall is about to get serious!