My husband and I have traveled to Hong Kong many times – more than I have traveled to any other place in my adult life. We fell in love with it from the moment we arrived, or more like the moment we stepped onto our Cathay Pacific flight. The flight was 15 hours of pure bliss. There is absolutely no one who can get in touch with you; you watch every movie you have missed in the theaters; and you drink champagne, wine and, for good measure, some port with dessert. As someone who is terrified of flying, it’s even a real treat for me
Hong Kong itself is like stepping into a time forgotten. It has the pulse of New York City but, it’s “spit shine” clean. The women tend to be dressed in the latest fashions and I’ll spend most of my time taking street shots for silhouette inspiration.
I have always been inspired by Asian culture, so I usually draw on Asian inspired art, sculpture, clothing, and architecture in almost all of my collections. For my Fall 2014 collection, I focused on the traditional elements in Asian culture and history.
“Asian floral” brings in elements of fans and the movements of dragons (without actually wearing a dragon).
For the “Scales print” I drew out the scales of the dragon from the Asian Floral to create a larger, bolder complimentary print.
The “Bamboo” print is directly inspired by construction around the streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon. I was shocked to see in the year 2014 that most construction sites still use actual bamboo as scaffolding. Real, actual bamboo. Shocking!
I have always loved the combination of periwinkle blue and chocolate brown and thought it fit perfectly with the fun, oriental prints in this group. I hope you fall in love with this collection just as much as I have!
xoxo – Elizabeth McKay Jenkins