Autumn/ Winter 2019
Answer the call to unleash your wild beast, tap into the ancient power of the beautiful mythical she-creature the fire breathing Chimera. Romance Was Born honour their fashion hero’s Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson with a collection that captures the essence of their mingled creativity and style. Both ladies have travelled the world over hand picking influences from and wide, such as; swinging London, bohemian Paris or sourcing antique Chinese opera costumes in Malaysia. They have always immersed themselves creatively by living and working with communities collecting their traditional crafting and making techniques while living the true gypsy dream. Chimera Calling is Romance Was Born’s animalistic range that is modern and sculptural, oozing contemporary flair combined with a spirit that feels warmly nostalgic, in a celebration of one’s golden years.
The Chimera’s powers come from a trinity of animals combining into a single being. Romance Was Born have created a fabulous Chimera that is part Cheetah, Cockatoo and Phoenix which features as a dramatic emblem across the range. This range bares all the hallmarks that Romance Was Born are known for, incredible hand detailed elements in the form of applique, beading, full sequined motifs, fringing and of course those glorious prints. These signature textures combine to create a range that is dramatic and sophisticated. Smart woollen hounds-tooth pieces vamp up the glamour with a sexy Hounds of Love bustier corset and Hounds of Love sharp pencil skirt. This season Romance Was Born have cast a new silhouette of complete glamour puss styles. Such as; the Venus blouse, with its plunging neckline and oversized sculped shoulders featuring generous rouched tucks upon the upper sleeve, the waist is nipped in with two pearl buttons before flowing into a soft peplum hem. Available in an array of colours and fabrications it has matching slacks in the Working Girl trouser or it can be pared as you like simply making a statement of separates. The striking sheer jade and silver lace Stardust story is breathtaking because of its extravagant silver beaded fringing it is made for the nocturnal hours or whenever you want to look incredible. The Cheetah Minx, Chimera Applique and Dragon Elysees pieces bring forth the full power and glory of the Chimera Calling range.
Romance Was Born weave their way through the smoky club, not missing a beat or spilling a drop of their gold flecked champagne. They shimmy across the dance floor, gliding between the glorious limbs of the revellers. Whose brows are flecked with delicate beads of sweat or is it glitter? Maybe both? Who can tell and who cares darling! The night is but young and these are our halcyon days, our time of divine decadence and stardust sensuousness. Laughing at the sheer joy and beauty of it all, Romance Was Born flop back into the velvet lined booth, caught in the arms of their friends. “Here’s cheers lovers, to the thrill of it all, such joie de vivre!"