Lithuanian designer Agne Kuzmickaite’s latest collection draws inspiration from the phenomenon of self realisation. Femininity and popular culture are factors in the brand’s aesthetic, and Kuzmickaite’s creativity is motivated by everyday objects, including her signature butterfly motif. These are not shy and delicate creatures though, as Kuzmickaite’s butterflies are reimagined with bold lines and sculptural silhouettes.
“The concept of self realisation will be expressed in the collection using bold letters and contrasting texts breaking the harmony of symmetrical rhythm of butterflies, which is my signature trademark. Butterflies also change their decorative function becoming the constructional basis of the collection – changing its’ shape to become a dress, a skirt, a collar of a shirt or a pattern of a trench coat. “ – Agne Kuzmickaite.
Metal-framed rails were set up on stage to mimic giant mirrors, with models stood on either side, acting as reflections of each other in their expressions and movements; Kuzmickaite’s butterflies appear in a multitude of forms, reminiscent of a ‘90s pop aesthetic in neon pinks and yellows against bold monochrome garments emblazoned with the collection’s slogan. The symbolism of butterflies is a theme throughout, both in surface prints and sculptural detailing; a pair of 3D deconstructed wings in jet black velvet form the basis for a party frock. One-piece swimsuits are sporty and cut high in the leg, in stripes of pink and red or tonal blues, embellished with retro ruffled skirts, or paired with a floor-sweeping tutu in every shade of pink from blush to Barbie.
Kuzmickaite presents a contemporary trench in highlighter yellow, and mod butterfly print coats over minidresses cinched at the waist paired with dayglo thigh high pink boots splashed with the words ‘Self Realisation’ in bold black letters. Prints are black on white, with the heavy emphasis on the monochrome aesthetic punctuated with exclamations of fluoro colour.
Words: LUCIE DHOG | WRITER
Photography: KAYE FORD | PHOTOGRAPHER
Location: Freemasons Hall