Rodd & Gunn Autumn Winter 18
Rising dramatically from the ocean, Whakaari or White Island, is a prehistoric reminder that all life on earth emanated from the sea. Here, off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, new worlds have been forged and shaped by the power of nature since time began. This active marine volcano is a fitting backdrop to Rodd & Gunn’s new season, when brisk days invite a regeneration of style and dressing is dictated by nature’s whim. In 2018 intelligent design, natural fibres and high performance fabrics continue to shape the collection, breathing new life into winter classics.
From steam formed deep within the earth, to lunar- like landscapes of volcanic rock, the earthy colours and textures of White Island are reflected in our winter palette. Lava greys, pebbled beaches and billowing plumes of smoke are echoed in outdoor winter coats, soft brushed shirts and chunky Marle knits. Shirts in stormy blues mirror volcanic pools, which reflect the ever changing sky and the ocean depths. Jackets are ruggedly constructed in the deep blacks of the landscape, while mineral rich deposits inspire a sprinkling of pink and red through the range. From this ancient inspiration comes new life and Rodd & Gunn’s modern expression of the season.
From the untamed forces in nature, all things are formed. Raw materials are extracted, grown and woven into fibres which are yet to be matched by man. The pure elements of earth and water give rise to fabrics that naturally breathe, like the volcanic steam vents that dot the shoreline of White Island. The Rodd & Gunn winter collection has its origins in the timeless appeal of nature. Garments designed to weather the harshest winter conditions form the foundation of the season. Waxed cotton jackets, supremely warm Merino wool knits and soft leather jackets to keep the cold at bay.