“This collection emerged from a conversation with the artist Kazu Nakagawa, who explained how we create ‘Ma' in our work - which is Japanese for the something that occurs, or ‘just is’, between words in conversation, or notes in music. ‘The Space in Between’ is what is between objects, between layers of cloth, between bodies and between the moments of perceiving or experiencing any of this,” describes Jyoti, Founder of WE-AR.
Pictured: Wide sleeve tunic.
In shooting The Space in Between, Jyoti worked alongside photographer Lukas Vritilek, with a creative eye to capture the space that surrounded the models and clothes. “We treated their bodies as occurrences or notes, and so the actuality of the space around and between, was created by their form and movement as a momentary poem.”
Pictured: Cotton knit kimono top and linen wrap skirt
The Space in Between began as a colour palette that captured the sense of space the designer felt in specific places. There is a compelling soft depth that speaks of an archipelago with it’s sandy island rising out of a wild, warm ocean. Each colour note is “accompanied by an almost yearning that tugs at our embodiment. They draw us into what opens up in the space in between.”
Pictured: Vacuole tee - pima stripe, linen paiso pants.
The jumpsuit and parachute dresses take central focus this Spring and Summer with an emphasis on mixed volumes and feature sleeves. Parachute-like dresses in silky tencel and fine cupro crepe, create interesting new shapes. An abundance of playsuits toy with voluminous intent. The 100 per cent bamboo trumpet sleeve jumpsuit gives the appearance of being cropped whilst almost reaching the knees, while the linen gauze jumpsuit features a wide leg and a high front contrasted by a deep linear V at the back. Trans-seasonal heroes are the WE-AR solution for our changeable climate and many pieces layer effortlessly to enjoy for an extended season.
Pictured: Trumpet Sleeve Jumpsuit
A 'shared wardrobe' concept
The Space in Between presents the concept of a ‘shared wardrobe’ with much of the men’s collection styled for a masculine edged minimalism. “The shapes arose out of the textiles and colours and seemed to almost create themselves as I inhabited each space presented by the colour palette.” The aesthetic is minimalist with the possibility of greater complexity emerging from layering the colours tone on tone.
Pictured: Serenity shirt in wild sage. Ibessa pant, sea pine