puritanical daydreams at shrimps spring/summer 17
From silk bonnets to ornate ruffles, this is Shrimps as you’ve never seen it before.
Photography Eleanor Hardwick
As her previous Shrimps collections have, Hannah Weiland's latest offering takes its cue from art — the early Breton work of Paul Gauguin and Edward Wadsworth to be precise. The DNA is still the same but Shrimps is evolving before our eyes. Hannah's charming doodles are sprawled across silk shirts and matching trousers, and there are touches of colorful faux fur everywhere: moss green stoles, black collars, and a particularly striking pink coat. Beyond these signatures, there is a confidence and maturity. Keeping to a tonal palette of soft creams and frog greens, with hints of yellow and salmon pink, the fabrics used are much more varied than we're used to seeing. This season's offering includes gingham, ruffles, and Breton stripes. Particularly notable are the white organza tea dresses, rendered with a delicate broderie anglaise, which were teamed with silk bonnets and Converse — a special collaboration with the iconic shoe brand — at her London Fashion Week presentation. As we navigated Suzanne Beirne's sparkling shell set, Hannah talked us through the collection.
What was the starting point for spring/summer 17?
Art is always at the core of my collections. It's very much present both within my sketches and drawings, but also the set and scene of the presentation.
Who or what inspired you?
It's been a real mixture of eras, from Gaugin and Edward Wadsworth to 18th Century Royal Courts. I loved the idea of street sneakers but made incredibly opulent with embellishment — using fine jewelry of gold and pearls.
How did the Converse collaboration come about?
I have always loved Converse, and they very kindly approached me about a collaboration in conjunction with LFW and my spring/summer 17 collection.
What was your main inspiration?
I wanted the shoes to include classic Shrimps textures and colors, but also look at new and unique fabrics, which are included within my spring/summer 17 collection such as broderie anglaise, and opulent embroidery.
How do you think you've evolved since your last collection?
I have really increased the percentage of ready-to-wear within the collection and brought in many other fabrics and textures. The collections are growing with me and are all really reflective of what both I would wear, as well as the Shrimps girl.
What piece are you most proud of?
I love the broderie lace organza I have designed for a few pieces; the print is a surprise.
Who is the new Shrimps woman?
The Shrimps woman is always individual in style, but for spring/summer 17 she is perhaps more haunted, but with an innocent air.
The next collection! It comes around so quickly….
Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Eleanor Hardwick