Both originally from sunny Sydney, Fiona Ranson, a pattern cutter and Georgina Edmonds, a textile designer are the dynamic duo behind a chic and ultra modern new brand – Pavane. Georgina and Fiona have lived between London and Paris for several years now and have worked for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Roksanda Illincic and Richard Nicoll. The duo state that their signature is “sharp tailoring balanced with fluid draped forms”. All prints and surface treatments are original, whilst the fabrics are custom developed with mills in Japan, Italy and the UK.
Pavane’s ideal client is seductively austere and wittingly opulent, with a self-defined concept of beauty. The collection is based around the theme of what woman choose to reveal or conceal during moments of intimacy and vulnerability. The garments are also heavily inspired by the French artist, Sophie Calle’s monochrome images which reflect Pavane’s black and white French cuts. The collection consists of shocking pinks, vibrant reds and subtle peach hues, all of which are inspired by make-up palettes.
The duo behind Pavane have successfully included elements from all of the major designers and mentors that they worked for, however bringing their own originality to the forefront of fashion. The colours used are reminiscent of Richard Nicoll, whilst there is a distinct resemblance between some of Alexander Mcqueen’s bold cuts and shapes. The jackets in the collection take centre stage, red floor lengh gown-like numbers, perfect for evening wear, as well as short grey jackets, ideal for a cold day in rainy London. This collection is flattering and easy to wear.
Inspired by nights spent in hotel room bed sheets, Pavane incorporated white linen into their designs, creating flattering old French looks, which also touched on the idea of borrowing your lovers clothes. The Pavane woman spends Parisian nights in hotel rooms wrapped up in hotel linen, waking up, grabbing her Pavane jacket, slinging it over her shoulders and making a swift departure into the morning – gone before her man has even noticed.