lauren acciarito’s designs belong in florist windows

Inspired by floral blooms, recent graduate Lauren Acciarito’s romantic shapes are a class in modern but strikingly feminine design.

by i-D Team
25 September 2014, 4:15pm

Photography Jasmine Maher

Designer Lauren Acciarito was hardly done with her last class of uni before her orchid inspired graduate collection started drawing longing stares. Her enveloping shapes fold around the body like trembling petals while her delicate, Georgia O'Keeffe inspired colour palette is perfectly played in shades of mauve and cream. In fact her floral inspiration is so complete she recently chose to show a sneak peek of her graduate collection in the window of Melbourne florist White Moss.

How do you describe yourself?
Right now, I'm wearing a pair of culottes with a cropped tee, having a cup of tea in my studio with my Nanna. That pretty much sums me up.

Your work is so closely linked to nature, how do you describe it?
I love the ability to play with contrasts and the art of paradox. Creating pieces that are soft yet structured, feminine, organic and free.

Who do you look up to?
At the moment Roksanda, Delpozo, J.W. Anderson, and Ellery.

Things feel like they're moving so fast for you, where do you want to be in five years?
I envisage myself continually learning, adapting and growing. My ultimate goal is to be a designer that understands completely how women like to dress, look and feel.

You can already see that in this collection.
The collection considers the idea of a flower morphing into a powerful being. The flower's majestic folds exemplify its rarity and beauty. I have explored the idea of the flower metamorphosing into the modern woman. The A/W clothes take form in soft, fluid shapes with the drape of foam, interpreting the shapes to appear "flowery" and botanical. The clothes in this photoshoot are the samples of my final garments. The final fabrication includes a digital print, which has been designed in collaboration with the ever so talented Emilie Cacace from Andeol.

Considering that, how do you feel seeing our images using only your plain white samples?
During my development I fell in love with the white laminated foam fabrication. I knew this would be a key element to the initial stages of my collection and to see it in this scenario enhances the overall feel. The exciting part is that the print brings an entirely new feel to the collection so it will be a surprise to people when the finished product is completely shown.

Are you excited?
I feel very privileged to have collaborated with Emilie on the prints, which looks incredible! However, it certainly offers a new perspective on the direction of the collection and it helps to broaden my options to show the garments in both colour and white.



Text and styling Jamie-Maree Shipton
Photography Jasmine Maher
Hair and make up Ellie Tseriotis
Model Melissa Juratowitch @ Pride

georgia o'keefe
ellie tseriotis
jamie-maree shipton
jasmine maher
lauren acciarito
melissa juratowitch
white moss