Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Maharaja's Dream by August Field

By Liza Foreman

Set to launch in New York on February 28, The August Field Fall/Winter 2013 collection entitled "Maharaja's Dream" is one to be felt and experienced as much as it is to be seen. Combining rich Eastern fabrics such as silk brocade, microfiber velvet and satin with classic Western tailoring, the line envelops the wearer in a cocoon of luxury.

Inspired by a lifestyle of pleasure, leisure, and hedonism, the designer revels in the chic and fabulous. Clothes display a timeless elegance that is at once bold and refined. Standout pieces include a quilted smoking jacket for at-home luxuriating or glamorous evenings in a hotel bar, velvet bomber jackets with satin lapels that redefine louche sophistication and silk brocade suits in retro motifs. "I have always been drawn to glamorous women and I design with this woman in mind," said designer Adrien Field. "She is equal parts chic and irreverent. An August Field woman doesn't think twice about packing Veuve Cliquot and Funyons for long-haul flight via private jet."

The designer's world travels have heavily influenced the collection, which is manufactured entirely in India. Working with master craftsmen, Adrien Field set about creating a line with accessible opulence as its cornerstone. Trousers and skirts are fully lined in satin with no visible seams, microfiber velvet swaddles like a sumptuous cloud and invisible zippers make for seductive garments that are as much a pleasure to take off as they are to wear.

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