January 20th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Andy South with Barbara Lanning

Yesterday I took Barbara Lanning, co-owner of the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery to meet Andy South. To get an idea of what the wearable art gallery is all about, check out their fabulous website: www.santafeweavinggallery.com) .

Barbara was hoping to find some Hawaii designers to feature in a future trunk show (probably summer of 2013) in Santa Fe. All it took was a quick glance at Andy’s spring/summer 2012 collection for her to recognize that he is, emphatically, a great fit for Santa Fe Weaving Gallery and their sophisticated, worldly clientele.

The big news from Andy is that his spring/summer collection has been picked up by Neiman Marcus and will launch in March, probably during Ala Moana Center’s Shop a Le’a. The collection is rife with color and excitement. It reminds me a little of the collection he took to Fashion Week during the finale of “Project Runway.” Some of those yummy citrus colors and dramatic, yet flattering, silhouettes. There are also quiet nudes and interesting whites. “Almost all of the fabrics are silks, even the burlap,” he said.

Most of the fabrics are hand-dyed so they are bold, but in a subtle way. Andy has been experimenting with Japanese dyeing techniques, including indigo, my favorite. He said he was inspired by the tsunami in Japan.

Andy is having all of his production done in Honolulu so his labels say “Made in Hawaii.” Here’s hoping they will be going all over the world very soon. Watch for the spring collection online in March.

He never fails to astound me!

– Paula Rath

Leave a comment:
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.