“Indochine Style --- a style that conjures images of tropical nights astir with amber lights glowing through portals with slanted louvres; of rich jewel-toned colors softened by tangles of lush equatorial plants that perfume the sultry air. With romantic ideals at its heart, Indochine Style is about the nostalgia for a bygone era of grandeur.” -- Barbara Walker.
As I am always inspired by my travels, this collection was inspired by the beautiful Indochine styles designs that I saw during my trip in Vietnam. Vietnam was a part of French Indochina during the period from the late 1800’s to 1954 when the Empire of France colonized parts of Southeast Asia. While I was there, everywhere I looked, I saw designs that embraced motifs of the Orient while mixing aspects of French opulence in perfect harmony.
A glimpse inside a tea salon next to the Notre Dame Saigon reveals the most opulent furnishings. Hand embroidered silk wall panels rests perfectly behind a mixture of Louis XV armchairs and rattan couches, all lavishly upholstered in silk and velvet. Throw pillows covered with a mix of phoenix embroidered satin and Toile printed fabrics adorn this perfect mix of chairs & sofas, while lush greens in porcelain pots adorn every empty corner and soften the rich tones of the decor. There is a sense of mystery and intrigue, as it is perfect mix of East and West and the epitome of elegance and grandeur.
The Holiday collection tries to capture the beauty of this perfectly harmonious clash of styles by incorporating lush leaves and flowering motifs while utilizing rich jewel toned pearls and crystals. The antiqued bronze finish on all the styles is a nod to the sense of a bygone era of grandeur. Darker & moodier, yet still delicate & lightweight, this capsule collection includes the perfect pieces that can help anyone transition from day to night, just in time for Holiday!