Designers Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen create a 36-look collection that has the spirit of the lush and tropical Durban landscape and looks at the idiosyncratic still lifes of artist Georgina Gratrix
In the new AKJP collection, the designs follow the duo’s signature artful take on classic and utilitarian menswear and makes use of layering, asymmetric detailing and impactful styling. Reworked prints inspired by a jungle landscape in muted pistachio and shades of navy, charcoal and olive dominate the range. It includes a number of overcoats, culottes and overalls. The pair describe the collection as ‘comfortable, ready-to-wear pieces with a lush and tropical finish; a nod to Durban beach culture.’
On the lookbook, the designers share, ‘Our lookbook shoot was actually done inside a previous gallery exhibition at Smac Gallery where Georgina Gratrix’s work was being shown. It’s a full circle moment for our AW16 collection, which was inspired by the artist herself. our idea was to create art inside of her artwork, so to speak. From there, we moved to La Perla for a postmodern look-and-feel. It was fulfilling to work within one of the oldest restaurants in Cape Town, which also showcases contemporary artworks.’
Working for the first time with photographer Neil Roberts and Louw Kotze as stylist, a unique and authentic aesthetic is created. All the prints and patterns on the fabrics were designed in-house, while the fabrics – cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, mohair, linen and twill – are all natural. A standout artistic and fashion achievement.