Friday, 20 April 2012

All My Heart - Kate Sylvester SS12/13

“We shall go to a place I have in the south of France: a white washed villa on the shores of the Mediterranean. There we shall live a happy life. Jane, you understand what I want of you? Just this promise – ‘I will be yours, Mr Rochester.’”
“Mr Rochester, I will not be yours.”

What would have happened if Jane had given in to Mr Rochester? If she had not run away across perilous moors to starve, freeze and be patronised by Mr St Jon Rivers?

For Summer 2012/13, Kate Sylvester presents All My Heart, a collection that explores an alternative version of Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 classic Jane Eyre – one in which Jane accepts Mr Rochester’s proposal to run away to the decadent South of France, where they live a life full of sun, love and happiness.

The collection is a fresh, modern take on Victoriana featuring strict tailoring, shirring and smocking, equestrian hacking jackets, peplums, paisley and fine laces. These couture elements are balanced with the boyfriend pyjamas, slouchy cricket jumpers, corset detailing, lingerie and the effortless billowy silks of decadence. Boucle jackets and argyle knits nod their heads to Coco Chanel and Boy Chapel’s Deauville idyll.

Stand out pieces include a heavy lapis blue cotton lace dress trimmed with a gold-buttoned back and a poppy-red hunting suit. Delicate glossy leather, laser cut with brogue detailing is made up into sweet detachable ribbon-tied collars, shell tops and jackets. A cascading emerald gown features an elegantly simple twist neckline.

The colour palate ensures the collections modernity. Splashes of optimistic poppy, cobalt and emerald are tempered by a fresh, clean background of peach, eau de nil and white.

The prints of the collection walk a line between romance and precision. Wrought iron gates are transformed into lace work, paisley is freshly oversized and a romantic apple blossom digital print is crisply worked into accordion pleats.

Thoughtful and romantic detailing translates the beauty of the Jane Eyre story. Jane’s poignant quote from the book ‘All my heart is yours sir’ is sweetly embroidered around silk necklines and peter-pan collars, like a secret love letter. Gold cameo earrings and a tiny Victorian book broach, which hangs off a delicate chain, were designed by New Zealander Mirabelle for Kate Sylvester. To complete Kate’s Jane Eyre vision are cherry red lace-up highland dancing shoes and patent eggshell pumps carrying her signature brogue detailing.

Spring Summer 2012/2013 All My Heart is a collection that balances a boldly told story with the finest attention to detail, just as Charlotte Bronte would have approved.

Kate Sylvester would like to thank Great Dane furniture, Duval Leroy, Santa Vittoria, T2 Teas, China Heights Gallery, Seasonal Concepts and Black Star Pastry.

For press enquiries please contact Rae Begley on 02 8338 1813 or email on For showroom enquiries please contact Tanya Pont on 02 8338 1810 or email on

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