Amber Whitecliffe's Mumbai Madness

Friday, May 15, 2015

Don Bosco dress by Amber Whitecliffe from her 'Mumbai Madness' collection

One of the best things about travel is the inspiration it provides and India is certainly full of amazing sights.  Designer Amber Pinto from local label Amber Whitecliffe journeyed to Mumbai earlier this year, which is where she drew the colourful inspiration for her winter collection 'Mumbai Madness'. While New Zealanders adoration of black is widely known, Amber thought it would be fun to take the working woman's usual black wardrobe and add a clever juxtaposition in the form of exotic Indian prints and textures.  The result is a unique collection which melds gorgeous fabrics with flattering silhouettes to create a range of sophisticated office to evening looks.

It's a fascinating thing to watch a designer's aesthetic slowly mature and with this collection it's clear to see that Amber's experimentation with prints and tailoring is paying off as there are some really strong garments as you can see from these images and several pieces that have a timeless appeal too. I'm particularly adoring the bright pops of gorgeous prints and elegant silk evening wear in jewel tones and black.  I'd also love to wrap myself up in one of these lovely coats this winter too.  It's an intelligent approach to design and no doubt the exclusive embroidered pieces with fabric that Amber sourced whilst in India will be highly coveted this season for their individuality.

'Mumbai Madness' is available at Amber Whitecliffe's Parnell boutique and online now.

Images by Julie Cooper for Amber Whitecliffe

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