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Free radicals from Starfish: fashion that moves


June 29, 2010/10.31

From top Starfish’s Bounce Boléro runner dress. The Springer frock. Four ways of wearing the Starfish Swirler.

Starfish’s summer 2010–11 collection, Free Radical, is inspired by one of New Zealand’s modernist artist Len Lye’s fascination with art that moves, the mystery of motion and the celebration of energy that is life.
   Lye’s ideologies are evoked through the collection’s unique kinetic mix of colours, prints and texture. Motion expressed through the beautiful swing crop cardigans, tunics that swirl against one’s body, flowing draped dresses, playful flounces and bold prints.
   Flirty and feminine flounces and peplum shapes mix with 1950s silhouettes and relaxed masculine tailoring to create the uniquely Starfish look for the next season.
   Beautiful greys, whites and cinnamons mix with jewel tones of sapphire blues and ruby reds and Starfish’s own unique colours (locally dyed to Öko-Tex standards) of Hot Spark, Atomic Orange and Energetic Emerald to create a rainbow palette of colour for the upcoming season.
   A specially designed spot print by Amy Van Luijk is featured throughout the collection and is an interesting interpretation on Len Lye’s animated film Free Radicals. This is juxtaposed with diagonal strip leggings and pencil skirts.
   Pushing the boundaries of sustainable fashion once again, Starfish is able to offer its customers two unique garments, the Swirler, and the Flip and Twist Top. Each of these garments can be worn in a multitude of ways offering a unique investment piece.
   And, as always, the Starfish collection is created using natural fibres, organic cottons, hemp silks, and locally produced fabrics. It is manufactured locally, ensuring that you know that your clothes are creating a lesser impact on the environment.
   A few pieces which should become summer staples in your wardrobe are the Quick Step Slip, a linen dress with Flounce detailing in Ruby Red; the Bounce Boléro with its cute ruffle detailing; the Free Flow top with silk spot print contrast sleeve detailing; Tizzy Trouser for its easy-wear comfort; and the Springer Frock in Energetic Emerald for its pop of Kiwiana summer colour and flattering elastic ruffle waistband detailing.
   Keep an eye out for this again amazing collection from Starfish. With colour this bright and designs this fabulous you wouldn’t want to miss a beat.—Sopheak Seng

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