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The 2016 collection takes its name from the French word 'aquarelle,' a type of painting created with transparent layers of watercolor. This technique was popular in the 1800s and early 1900s in France and England, especially for landscape painting. I love using color in my designs, and I wanted to translate the idea of transparent layers of pale hues into the pieces for this collection, working with a soft color palette of powder blue, apricot, blush pink, and sage green.
To recreate the dreamy effect of watercolor washes, I hand-painted luxurious silk organza to create layered petals of delicate flowers on several of the designs. A floral motif runs throughout the collection and many of the pieces are embellished with dainty wired sprigs, referencing the landscape as inspiration. Vintage crystals in an ethereal white opal color, as well as semiprecious stones and freshwater pearls, introduce small touches of colors throughout the collection.