Fragile, frivolous, soft, and cheerful, with a hint of Art Deco. Luxurious, luscious and modern. The Malabar collection is an ode to the Malabar Tree Nymph, a rare black and white butterfly, now on the verge of extinction. It lives in the forest clearings of India, and its flight is slow, delicate and fluttery. As a caterpillar, the tree nymph has an ample, voluptuous shape, with golden brown colours.
The rich, lush feel of the Malabar butterfly and caterpillar complements but also perfectly contrasts with the style of the 1920s, which embodied luxury, glamour, and exuberance, as well as faith in social and technological progress. Roos believes that these Art Deco themes have once again become relevant and important in today’s world. In this collection Soetekouw combines hand-drawn shapes with graphic patterns to tell the story of man vs nature. She uses lush velvets and combines them with organic linens and cotton.
Roos works with hints of gold, black, royal blues and hot pink to give her work a lush feel, and adds warm, soft, sandy tones to complete the story. The collection is rich in contrast: a well-balanced narrative of the man-made vs the natural, but more importantly, a story of successful collaboration between the man-made and the natural.