Named after a jewel of incomparable beauty and with a fantastic and unusual story of intrigue and folly - the Cybèle collection for Summer 11/12, Idolʼs Eye, continues to deliver and advance the labelʼs signature of ethereal yet structured pieces.
As the story goes, the gem was discovered in 1906 amongst the fortune of a Turkish Sultan as the eye of a sacred statue in the Temple of Benghazi.
Legend has that it was given as a ransom for a beloved Princess he had abducted.
Forty years later it made itʼs way into the hands of famed American jeweler Harry Winston, and was then sold to Mrs. May Bonfils Stanton, a widow who lived alone in her palatial mansion and who wore it, mounted as the center stone in a diamond necklace surrounded by eighty-six other diamonds, to her solitary breakfast every morning.
Designer Cybèle Wiren takes this story, and takes it forward, further inspired by the manifesto of the Futurist school – an art movement that valued technology's beauty and gloried in science.
Transformed further through the Futurist lens, the Idolʼs Eye is an amulet, a symbol of good luck, it wraps the wearer within its protection, blasting energetic colour and light across tunics, a slim soft pant, long dresses and a pretty fluted top.
Dynamic lines of force create a multi-faceted image, and transform the jewel-like inspiration even further into a set of striking prints on the clear lines of jersey tops and dresses.
The print Idol dress and itʼs colour-blocked counterpart, the Crystalline dress are manipulated with geometric perfection - almost mathematical exercises in precision cut and drape with prismatic inspired pleats and folds refracting the fabric.
In crisp cotton or silk mesh for day shirt-dresses and sleeveless shirts, matched with full cotton skirts, or vibrant print pants, feature work-wear detail: top pockets, sleeve roll tabs.
As a nod to Mrs. Stantonʼs era and sense of occasion, the glamour of intricately tucked and folded silk created a distinctively luxe look for balmy summer nights.
Vintage lingerie inspired pieces sit alongside the formality of gentlemanʼs tuxedo suiting and the definite androgynous influence of le smoking.
Outfit combinations also play with proportions - billowy wide legged trousers in solid or sheer, matched with a satin trimmed body suit or a French knicker under a flowing floor length gown.
The collection inhabits a characteristically diverse colour palette, richly mixing slate grey, dusk blue, plum and nude alongside timeless black and ivory. These timeless tones are highlighted with gemstone brights of citrine, rose, garnet, jade, and topaz.
Idol's Eye is the eighteenth collection from Cybèle.