Jean Brusselmans is an artist’s artist: relatively unknown outside his own community, he is lauded and loved by art lovers for his unique graphic take on Fauvism and his almost obsessional exploration of the environment around him: his village, his home, his wife. His sense of colour, attention to detail and wish to repeat things until they were just right all made Brusselmans the ideal source of inspiration for STINE GOYA’ s Autumn/Winter 2018.
Colour and print are as always centre of the creative canvas at STINE GOYA. Signature shades of pink this season include magenta, rosette, cinnamon and fuschia contrasted with pale blue and a range of natural hues of off-white, taupe and mahogany brown.
Prints take motifs from Brusselmans’ paintings and domestic environment - tiles on his kitchen floor, the pattern on a vase, the abstract nature of his local town and the horses in the nearby fields - and rework and recolour them to suit a modern woman’s wardrobe.
Florals were important both to the artist and to STINE GOYA so this season come in many sizes and levels of abstraction, from mixed patchworks and delicate lilac prints to boldly rendered botanical drawings. Prints are scaled up and used in unusual ways such as giant florals on fake fur, huge maze designs on a woollen coat or translated to sequins on a bold bomber jacket.
The collection’s silhouettes also play a game with proportion. Larger shapes are adjusted and personalised with drawstrings and ties. Balloon sleeves on knits and blouses add unexpected but controlled volume.
In the ever growing tailoring collection, the popular piped Iris jacket now appears in bold red whilst alternative fits include a youthful boxier shape of jacket or a curvy structured silhouette with peplum ‘Bar’ blazer and cropped pant.
Winter is always a party season and STINE GOYA offers a multitude of options from flowing pink dresses embroidered with playing card motifs and gold crushed velvet slouchy pants to oversized shapes in silk burn-out brocade inspired by upholstery techniques. And at the highest level are the made-to-order stand out pieces:
Individual red-carpet-worthy looks featuring hand embroidered stars and 3-D flowers created from sequins.
A stylish footnote: STINE GOYA’s shoe collection references Brusselmans’ love of the country with riding boots in trademark colour-blocking and nods to walking boots but given a twist by being made in fur or in a striking glitter leather.