The ‘Back to Black’ collection is designed with the working woman in mind. Intelligent and strong, her schedule is unrelenting. She requires a wardrobe to match; sharp and elegant at any given time of day.
Lumelsky’s intention is to offer pieces which extend well past the initial season. She has created key items with this in mind. The Dress, The Jacket and The Shirt. They offer a timelessness and desirability and yet still demand to be worn by ‘real women’. This thought underpins the Back to Black’s transformable pieces—clothes that share a changing purpose. Clothes that allow multiple iterations, able to be adapted to different contexts. For example; a seemingly plain fitted jacket becomes evening attire as a bustle detail is attached. A classical blouse evolves adorned through the addition of a crinoline layer with broderie anglaise trimming. A Victorian style dress layered with transparent apron offers a sophisticated look. Cleverly revealed underneath is a chic coat able to be worn open with jeans and t-shirt for an effortless look.
Silhouettes, details and finishes draw inspiration from the Victorian era. They are designed to imbue a casual look with a cheeky touch of romanticism. Not so evident yet just as relevant are the references to the Lolita fashion movement, a subculture evolved from Japanese street fashion.
The collection sees classical materials like double cashmere, wool, silk, and tie silk married with high tech polyesters and leathers. Knitted pieces detailed with dot patterns offer a reversible option.