Now this is a collaboration. Cult UK-based label Antipodium has teamed up with artist/quiltmaking royalty Ian Hundley to make some clothes from Liberty of London fabrics and sell them exclusively at Sydney’s coolest boutique. ‘Kraftwork’ is the name of this limited edition capsule collection, and 60 pieces of each item have now dropped at Incu.
Like the name suggests, this collection falls somewhere between a revolutionary German electronic-metal band and the favourite pastime of Grandma when there’s nothing good on daytime television. The iconic Liberty Hera peacock and Pepper floral prints have been brought up to date by Hundley’s contemporary take on patchwork and Antipodium’s offbeat East London sensibilities. Collared shirtdresses, skirts and sleeveless blouses are just begging to meet your boyfriend’s parents, but if the two of you then snuck off to an electronic-metal gig you wouldn’t look entirely out of place there either.
‘Kraftwork’ is part of S/S 2012’s ‘Interiors’ collection, named after the Woody Allen movie of the same name. Themes of small town distress run through both, with Brooklyn-based Hundley this time taking inspiration from aerial views of East London neighbourhoods rather than his usual maps. Interestingly, the parent collection was modeled on women well into their 60s and 70s. Though this was probably not so much an attempt to ride the nana theme into the dust as it was a reminder that Antipodium has a firm grasp on how to make clothing that has not just instant appeal but something that’s far more rare in this business — longevity.
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