Following the ban of immigrants and refugees from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or Africann COUNTRIES, Johna Stones SS18 collection was inspired by the outpouring of love and peace that came as people unified to protest against the ban. ‘No walls, No Borders, Immigrants are welcome!’ read their slogan. Amazed by the empathy and love these people had, Stone decided to use the themes of love and peace for her collection.
From the exploration of these themes emerged the concept of involving swans in the collection. Often associated with elegance, grace, love and freedom, swans have been incorporated through abstract representations on the garments. On some pieces, the image of a swan is mirrored, forming a heart shape emphasising the theme of the collection further.
The colour palette is inspired by the light, fresh colours of the scenery in which swans are usually found such as blues and lilacs. Along with these softer colours, the use of yellow allowed for Stone to reiterate the positivity and hope that comes from love and peace through the vibrancy of this shade.
To mimic the texture of the water, several searcirlce fabrics were chosen as from afar they seem to be a solid colour yet up close their delicate texture can be noticed. Cottons and cotton blends were also used in the spirit of the season, their ease and simplicity grounds one in what truly matters in life and what is most important – love and peace, something that can be lost in times of crisis.