Animal KingdomInspired by Henri Rousseau’s paintings of jungle scenes: ‘Exotic Landscape’ and ‘Exotic Landscape with Lion and Lioness in Africa’, our ‘Animal Kingdom’ print takes a walk on the wild side with giraffe, monkey and peacock motifs. Helmut Newton and David Bailey’s photography from the ‘60s and ‘70s - where bold zebra stripes take center stage - inspired us to go graphic to keep this print truly modern. Model Marisa Berenson’s ‘70s getaway glamour really influenced our mood - we love her turban and flower look, which instantly transports you to a far-flung escape. During our exploration of colour, we found Abstract Impressionist Mark Rothko’s vivid blue and red ‘multiforms’ a huge source of inspiration, as well as the vibrant works of painter Tal R. This print comes in the most effortlessly chic, holiday-ready cotton-poplin - so all that’s left to do is book your flight.
“Model Marisa Berenson’s ‘70s getaway glamour really influenced our mood - we love her turban and flower look, which instantly transports you to a far-flung escape.”SHOP THE COLLECTION
StripesIntroducing our first foray into stripes and colour-blocking - and we’ve gone rainbow bright. We wanted to include a more graphic print that wasn’t a floral, yet was simultaneously very ‘Borgo de Nor’ with its bold colour combinations. We were inspired by abstract artist Sonia Delauney’s visually powerful paintings of connected, brilliantly hued circles. We also looked to Guy Bourdin’s iconic, hyper-saturated photography, as well as the clean lines and eye-catching primary shades used in modernist architecture - particularly the works of Le Corbusier. And the vibe? We love this oh-so ‘70s image of Bianca Jagger looking effortlessly glamorous in a striped kaftan, and wanted to update the aesthetic for the modern woman.
Venus ShellThis print is an interweaving maze of our signature florals punctuated with shells, the latter being a powerful symbol which has forever been associated with femininity in art and literature. Two paintings in particular inspired us to create this print: Botticelli’s 15th century ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Surrealist artist Doris Lindo Lewis’ ‘Mamscape’, both of which interlink shells with the female form and the idea of birth. Man Ray and Paul Outerbridge’s surreal photography of shells were also key to our moodboard when dreaming up this print, and you can see the influence of traditional painted Portuguese ‘Azulejos’, or ‘tiles’, in the blue and white colourway and elaborate design, too. Ultimately, this print feels emotional, with an almost Renaissance air. We’ve added contemporary allure using off-the-shoulder cuts, design details such as swishing ruffles and silk-twill, crepe and cotton-poplin fabrications - we love!
“Shells are a powerful symbol which has forever been associated with femininity in art and literature.”
HibiscusThis season’s mauve and pink hibiscus flowers come set against three colourways - jet black, sunshine yellow and vibrant red - and decorate tops, skirts and easy-chic to show-stopping dresses, earning it a place in every woman’s wardrobe. It was inspired by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s travels to, and love for, the island of Hawaii, where she painted ‘Hibiscus with Plumeria’ in 1939. Peter Lindbergh’s 1992 shoot for Harper’s Bazaar was also a big inspiration - it’s an homage to post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin’s paintings and shows Naomi Campbell wandering through nature in Somerset Falls, Jamaica, adorned with tropical flowers. Grace Coddington also influenced the mood of this print - specifically this photo of her in a sarong with a flower in her hair. To us: the perfect image of effortless summer elegance.