SOMA Magazine February/March 2017 : Page 16

Future Stars Of Fashion Emma Brewin The Philanthropist TexT by Leah TaSSinari Light, frothy, lemon, and pistachio-a summer treat for the palate. her apprentice, Daisy, with teaching her the french knot, which Emma Brewin’s latest collection seduces us into environmental was eventually the knot they ended up using for the bumblebees. activism with the sweetness of gelato and details reminiscent “I fell in love with it. It’s an intricate and beautiful technique.” of our childhoods. The designer aims to make coexistence pos-And, as you’d expect, the hand-embroidery is not a fast feat. sible, all while making her clients feel sexy in everything that Confirms Brewin: “Each bee takes a day to produce and is made they wear. In addition to her latest, ethereal designs that benefit up of hundreds of tiny knots.” Though Brewin can’t quite put a finger on who her ideal cli-The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, one can also find Brewin’s work on the shoulders of some feminist power houses, as well entele would be, her pieces have bedecked the hides of some as some quirky pieces celebrating femininity and womanhood. very influential celebs. Almost a year ago, Lena Dunham, the As hopefully many people are aware, bumblebees have star and writer of HBO hit series, Girls , graced the cover of Paper recently been added to the endangered species list, thus threat-Magazine , and accessorizing her fabulous, Marilyn Monroe ening not only their own existence, but also our way of life. A inspired ensemble was a cotton candy-pink, faux fur shawl from percentage of Brewin’s latest collection, titled “Be kind to all Emma Brewin. “Lena is a wonderful spirit,” professes Brewin. that lives,” will go to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust to help “I have admired her for a long time and dressing her was an save the creatures. Brewin explains that the foundation “cre-absolute dream come true.” Upon browsing Brewin’s website ates natural habitats, teaches and gives advice to land managers, and Instagram, it is easy to see that the two women share many farmers, local communities, and schools to enhance biodiversity common beliefs. Amongst the expected products-fur coats for the benefit of bumblebees and other wild pollinators.” While galore-there is also a fur lined, pink silk “Oyster Cup Keyring” many successful, well-known designers contribute to and par-available for purchase, which simulates the vagina, with a little ticipate in different philanthropic causes, it is unusual to hear of pearl accent. a young, up-and-coming designer so outwardly active in a cause. With a perspective and mission as unique and clear as “The destruction of the wild and all that lives in it is a fear that Brewin’s, it seemed only appropriate to ask for advice for other overcomes my existence,” confesses the designer. “And I guess budding designers and artists. “Give yourself time to be inspired I project that emotion into everything I do. I’m very lucky to be and when you feel inspired give yourself time to produce. Enjoy in a position whereby I can raise awareness and money for what your life, embrace everything that surrounds you and enjoy your I care about and what I believe in.” craft. There’s no need to conform to anything that forces creativ-“Be kind to all that lives” is a vintage-inspired dream, yet it is ity, choose well, make less, create timeless quality pieces and a refreshing step away from the trends that harken to the past, don’t look for shortcuts.” Inspirational poster in the makings. both near and far. Brewin is known for her luxurious, candy-col-So, what can we expect from the philanthropic designer in ored faux fur coats, and this collection features that luxe element, the future? Not shockingly, more charitable endeavors line her as well. Faux fur hats sit atop faux fur capes and sweatshirts, horizon. “I have a long list of animals that I want to help with this and chiffon blouses and fitted trousers add a layer of subtle sex project, most of which are on the WWF endangered and criti-appeal -and all in a nostalgic shade of pistachio. Hidden in the cally endangered lists. We have to learn to coexist with animals folds and corners of fabric are discreetly placed but carefully and give them the space and freedom they deserve -they were calculated, embroidered bumblebees. Brewin says they explored here long before we were.” That, and saving the world, of course. both traditional and modern embroidery techniques, and credits 16

Emma Brewin

Leah Tassinari

The Philanthropist<br /> Light, frothy, lemon, and pistachio- a summer treat for the palate. Emma Brewin’s latest collection seduces us into environmental activism with the sweetness of gelato and details reminiscent of our childhoods. The designer aims to make coexistence possible, all while making her clients feel sexy in everything that they wear. In addition to her latest, ethereal designs that benefit The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, one can also find Brewin’s work on the shoulders of some feminist power houses, as well as some quirky pieces celebrating femininity and womanhood. <br /> <br /> As hopefully many people are aware, bumblebees have recently been added to the endangered species list, thus threatening not only their own existence, but also our way of life. A percentage of Brewin’s latest collection, titled “Be kind to all that lives,” will go to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust to help save the creatures. Brewin explains that the foundation “creates natural habitats, teaches and gives advice to land managers, farmers, local communities, and schools to enhance biodiversity for the benefit of bumblebees and other wild pollinators.” While many successful, well-known designers contribute to and participate in different philanthropic causes, it is unusual to hear of a young, up-and-coming designer so outwardly active in a cause. “The destruction of the wild and all that lives in it is a fear that overcomes my existence,” confesses the designer. “And I guess I project that emotion into everything I do. I’m very lucky to be in a position whereby I can raise awareness and money for what I care about and what I believe in.”<br /> <br /> “Be kind to all that lives” is a vintage-inspired dream, yet it is a refreshing step away from the trends that harken to the past, both near and far. Brewin is known for her luxurious, candy-colored faux fur coats, and this collection features that luxe element, as well. Faux fur hats sit atop faux fur capes and sweatshirts, and chiffon blouses and fitted trousers add a layer of subtle sex appeal - and all in a nostalgic shade of pistachio. Hidden in the folds and corners of fabric are discreetly placed but carefully calculated, embroidered bumblebees. Brewin says they explored both traditional and modern embroidery techniques, and credits her apprentice, Daisy, with teaching her the french knot, which was eventually the knot they ended up using for the bumblebees. “I fell in love with it. It’s an intricate and beautiful technique.” And, as you’d expect, the hand-embroidery is not a fast feat. Confirms Brewin: “Each bee takes a day to produce and is made up of hundreds of tiny knots.”<br /> <br /> Though Brewin can’t quite put a finger on who her ideal clientele would be, her pieces have bedecked the hides of some very influential celebs. Almost a year ago, Lena Dunham, the star and writer of HBO hit series, Girls, graced the cover of Paper Magazine, and accessorizing her fabulous, Marilyn Monroe inspired ensemble was a cotton candy-pink, faux fur shawl from Emma Brewin. “Lena is a wonderful spirit,” professes Brewin. “I have admired her for a long time and dressing her was an absolute dream come true.” Upon browsing Brewin’s website and Instagram, it is easy to see that the two women share many common beliefs. Amongst the expected products- fur coats galore- there is also a fur lined, pink silk “Oyster Cup Keyring” available for purchase, which simulates the vagina, with a little pearl accent. <br /> <br /> With a perspective and mission as unique and clear as Brewin’s, it seemed only appropriate to ask for advice for other budding designers and artists. “Give yourself time to be inspired and when you feel inspired give yourself time to produce. Enjoy your life, embrace everything that surrounds you and enjoy your craft. There’s no need to conform to anything that forces creativity, choose well, make less, create timeless quality pieces and don’t look for shortcuts.” Inspirational poster in the makings. <br /> <br /> So, what can we expect from the philanthropic designer in the future? Not shockingly, more charitable endeavors line her horizon. “I have a long list of animals that I want to help with this project, most of which are on the WWF endangered and critically endangered lists. We have to learn to coexist with animals and give them the space and freedom they deserve - they were here long before we were.” That, and saving the world, of course.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

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