Few things capture the carefree and joyous spirit of a long summer day than a picnic in the countryside and for Spring/Summer 2023, DEA KUDIBAL sets the scene in a flower-filled pasture in beautiful Provence. With a colour palette inspired by Damien Hirst’s vast Cherry Blossom paintings and the perfume fields that surround the ancient city of Grasse, the collection celebrates a true sense of joie de vivre with floral prints strewn across light and airy fabrics to create the perfect wardrobe for a summer party.
Vibrant shades of fuschia, milkshake pink, and parakeet green add a welcome touch of positive energy when set against softer hues of sky and cosmos blue. Prints capture the folkloric innocence of woodcuts in simple two-colour graphics or evoke the spectacle of a meadow of wildflowers with multicoloured florals that radiate the joy of summer. And what is a picnic without a few insects? Beetles scurry across the fabric to create a rhythmic design whilst water-coloured butterfly wings bring an ethereal beauty to silk.
Dresses remain central to the collection with a great emphasis given to silhouette. Statement sleeves give a sense of drama whilst tasseled drawcords and tie belts pull the fabrics into a more sensuous shape. Details such as tiny pleats, ruffles, and flounces at the neck or sleeve add an extra touch of interest whereas broderie anglais applied to soft denim or butterflies embroidered onto camouflage cotton create an unexpected twist on feminine codes.
Tailoring is perfect for summer with a relaxed and longer line jacket in bright green or cool off-white crepe worn with slouchy loose pants. High-waisted wide-legged pants give a cool 70's vibe especially when teamed with a quilted floral printed jacket.
Later, when the warm afternoon gives in to a cooler evening, cover up with a colour-blocked mohair blend cardigan or chunky cable sweater. And for a final finishing touch to the perfect picnic, bring along a quilted picnic bag and matching hat blend practicality with effortless chic.