Katherine-Mary Pichulik is inspired by brave and sensual womanhood for her AW16 collection
Simply called Woman, Pichulik dedicates its AW16 collection to 1970s sirens such as Angela Davis and Pam Grier. "These women were not just selling glamour and sex. They were activists and scholars," says Cape-Town based designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik of this season’s muses. Taking the Black is Beautiful movement as her starting point, and continuing her exploration into the intimate ways in which women relate to their jewellery, this range of earthy statement pieces comprises mystical forms and rich, earthy hues.
"These women were not just selling the glamour and sex of the 1970s. They were activists and scholars"
New features such as crescent-shaped clasps and interchangeable earrings compliment ancient stones, which are positioned on the brand’s signature rope structures, adding power to each accessory. The Oldonyo necklace (named after Tanzania’s volcanic mountain) uses black crystals, which are said to have protective qualities, and lava stones that aim to ground the wearer. Meanwhile the Celestial Trinity necklace is made up of chrysocolla for harmony, red carnelian for courage and obsidian for healing.
Of the accompanying campaign shoot, Pichulik says: "I wanted the photographs to evoke the sounds of one of my musical heroes, Letta Mbulu. So there’s a mix of the funk and soul reflected by Crystal Birch’s sassy berets as well as expression of an incredible warrior-like nature. The message will resonate with women who are brave, strong and who are comfortable wearing pieces that draw attention just as they are comfortable in their own skin and style."