For spring 2013, New York based designer Shauntele offered a collection with references to the Rorschach test. You know, that inkblot test we all take in middle school to see analyze our emotional stability and personality traits. The collection featured chic and feminine pieces ranging from tailored paints and jackets to playful rombers and printed sheath dresses. References for spring were seen through airy printed dresses and casual tee shirts in both mint and natural color palates. The collection featured various necklines and hem lengths – black and white inkblot dresses skimmed the models necks and pleated maxi dresses gracefully swept the floor.
First, themes of nature were used to serve as a means of celebrating the natural beauty that many women possess. Leaf prints and abstract images reminiscent of coral streaked sunsets made for great visual starting points around this idea. Additionally, Shauntele wanted to bring the psychology of fashion to the forefront. “I found the symmetrical and dark forms of the Rorschach inkblots to be romantic way of symbolizing this psychology of fashion, “stated Shauntele Richardson when asked about her inspiration. “The challenge of each collection is to portray strength and femininity in these garments I put forth.”