And with the Hanley Mellon trademark incorporating the latitude-longitude coordinates of New York City (40.7 degrees north, 74 degrees west), which also happens to be the hometown of Nicole Hanley Mellon and Matthew Mellon, founders and co-Creative Directors of the brand, the brand also gives a nod to the sentiment of travel and return.
For its second collection which was unveiled on Thursday, Feb 12th, Hanley Mellon profiled Antwerp. With references to the city’s famed ‘Antwerp Six,’ the innovative group of designers who are well known for introducing the concept of deconstruction into the modern fashion lexicon.
“Fall 2015 is inspired by our time in Antwerp. We were initially drawn to Antwerp because of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and wanted to explore how and why it is producing such talent. We started with the premise: “What is happening in Antwerp?” said Co-Founder and Creative Director Nicole
With the idea that any of the designs can live on their own or be combined with other garments to create a full seasonal wardrobe, HANLEY MELLON’s Fall-Winter 2015 collection focuses on luxurious separates. A sense of ease is expressed through the versatility of the pieces.
Layering is applied within single garments, such as a jacket with an attached scarf, and lightweight coat-dresses are fully reversible and can be worn over other garments or by themselves as a dress.
The concept of pajama dressing, applied to separates and a dress, modernized and elevated with the use of custom developed herringbone-print silks. Wide leg pants and tank dresses were created with ‘tulip’ hems, creating flattering lines allow for movement.
An elegant color palate of mustard, cabernet, emerald, toast and blue moon is applied to soft, cashmere knits and fabrics such as silk charmeuse, ponte, crepe and chiffon.
HANLEY MELLON collaborated with artist Yves Ysbrant to create two key prints based on his paintings. Faux fur, leather piping and metallic fabrics are used as accents, adding additional interest.
The HANLEY MELLON Fall-Winter 2015 collection will be available at select retailers and on HANLEYMELLON.com beginning in August 2015.