Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre
Titania Inglis returned to New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with her Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Inspired by fairytales and parallel universes, the collection highlighted the designer’s knack for geometric shapes and sharply angled silhouettes. Featuring dark, wintery hues, the collection had a mysterious aura and featured a new addition to Inglis’ line: furs. Need not worry. The designer was quick to explain the responsible sourcing practices behind her decision to incorporate them into her collection.
Furs, fake or not, seem to be visible everywhere and Inglis is highly aware of this. “The furs are a huge up and coming trend recently. I knew it was going to be big and I wanted to see how I could do that in a sustainable way,” she explains. Sourced from the Sami people of Lapland, the reindeer hides are what is left after all other parts of the animal are used for meat and other purposes. Additionally, Inglis states, “It helps preserve their traditional lifestyle and the forests there.” The other type of pelt that can be found in her collection are ones that come from heritage Icelandic sheep. Raised among gorgeous mountainsides, the sheep live a long plentiful life before being used for their meat, wool and hides.
Though furs may have been the latest addition to the Titania Inglis label, the designer used many of the former fine fabrics she has become known for. A funnel dress made of Japanese Cupro featured two triangles that meet at the waist. Pants made from vegetable tanned leather from Italy fit snug against the leg. Wool for several of the garments was sourced from deadstock fabric scraps from the NYPD.
Every design decision mirrored Inglis’ initial inspiration for the collection. Inglis described, “I sort of have this idea when I look in puddles about there being this parallel universe that’s almost ours but that’s a little more magical. The reindeer hoodies, this idea of transformation, where the girls are on this borderline of being something magical.” The color palette is dark and mysterious with blacks, tans, crèmes and a few purples adding to the icy look. Sharp, futuristic angles contribute to the designer’s signature mystical, dark aesthetic that drives this collection. Several designs have visible 3D pockets, a feature that has become one of the designer’s trademark touches. Jewelry by Nettie Kent and shoes by Finsk appropriately accessorized the collection, adding an additional dimension to the already sharp, geometric angles of the garments.
With a growing following, it remains to be seen what other surprises Inglis will unveil with her next collection. Having been honored for her work with the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in Sustainable Design, the young designer is well on her way to wide acclaim.