YMC present their SS17 womenswear collection, entitled ‘Ntombi’, which translates as ‘Lady’ in Zulu. The collection celebrates the influx of African art that permeated British culture in the late 60s through to the early 80s. From the ground breaking photography of Malick Sidihé who documented how Western fashions influenced African teenagers to the music of the Lijadu Sisters, who mixed Afrobeat sounds with disco and offshoots of Jazz.
Drawing on influence from the eclectic mix of cultures that imbue modern Britain. This quintessentially British brand has created a summer collection, which perfectly combines these elements creating a fresh and unique approach to womenswear.
Vibrant prints are interlaced with paired back earthy materials creating a washed and used aesthetic, subtle detailing is etched throughout such as wooden buttons and laced fastenings completing the collection. Oversized Breton stripes are combined with lightweight parkers and abstract peasant dresses forming the foundations of the classic YMC silhouette.
Sun-bleached colours mixed with muted tones of rusts and royal blues create a cultivated and refined color palette. Nuances of 70’s inspired sportswear including striped linen tees, cropped
chinos and classic running sneakers sit alongside subtle indigo prints and weaves, drawing inspiration from the imagination of artist Sheila Hicks. Key pieces within the collection include a boxy suede jacket in rich mustard, traditional fisherman trousers and chambray suiting in faded spruce.
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