After a slight hiatus between installations showcasing our new AW13 arrivals, Rittenhouse have kicked things off again with their gorgeous new collection featuring the original artwork of Swiss art duo, Husmann and Tschaeni. We couldn't have been more thrilled when Rittenhouse chose to install Husmann and Tschaeni's artwork After the great rain to celebrate the new collection in store at Monk House.
Having first collaborated with Husmann and Tschaeni in 2010, Sally McDonald and Micah Hamford from Rittenhouse have used the artwork as the key digital print for AW13, appearing on sleeves, collars, tops, scarves and waistbands throughout the range. It's an image that works brilliantly with the Rittenhouse aesthetic, adding dreamy elements and pops of bold colour to their high-end everyday pieces.
We asked Sally a few questions about Rittenhouse and their collaboration for this season.
When did RH launch its first range? What drove you to become designers and how long has RH been operating?
Our first collection was Autumn Winter 2004, it was a small men's and women's collection with a strong emphasis on cottons and hand printing. I think we both ended up in design because of our strong interests in art, music, fashion, culture and all things creative.
Can you tell us a bit about the artist collaboration for Autumn Winter 2013?
This season we have collaborated with one of our favourite art duo's from Switzerland, Husmann and Tschaeni. We loved their work from the minute we first encountered it at the Until Never Gallery in Melbourne. They have an amazing magical dreamy childlike style that is entrancing. The piece we have chosen to use this season is called "After the great rain" and it was featured in their 2007 Melbourne exhibition, it was a large work painted on the back side of perspex.
Can you tell us a little bit about your current range in store?
The Autumn Winter 2013 collection is all about textures and warmth and depth. Boucle's sit next to textured silks, chunky alpaca blend knits and speckled melanges all come together and are highlighted by the great intensity of colour in the digitally printed "After the great rain" artwork.
Who or what is your biggest creative inspiration and why?
I am constantly inspired by people I see as I go through the day: random strangers, friends and family. Yesterday, a girl riding her bike in the best ever red printed dress caught my eye and might inspire something when I sit down to work on the resort collection, in the new spring summer collection I have an ode to my good friend Sarah who had the best pair of pink pants ever and inspired me to make my own version.
Photos by Elise Wilken