Hirameki means inspiration. It should mean inspirational, with another highly successful collaboration between Designer Rugs and Akira Isogawa.Wednesday night saw his third collaboration released in New Zealand, with Petra Bagust leading the evening. Not only did we get to see the rugs themselves, but we also got to see Akira’s current season. It was wonderful to see the inspirations cross over, catwalk to rug. In his observations about the collection of rugs, Akira noted that clothing can be put back in the wardrobe, but a rug cannot! You live with it everyday, so it is a careful balance. I loved seeing the fabrics from the clothing collection – some inspired by his traditional Japanese upbringing, others by a Parisian market with beautiful, all with strong colours all deftly woven together. Fuchias, reds, vibrant yellows, turquoise – all mixed together. The fabrics themselves were twisted and peaked, beaded and sheened. It was a real treat to see the come down the catwalk.
My favorite rug is the Shibori round – and probably because it is the boldest, most colorful of them all. Mixed into the 100% New Zealand wool in reds and creams, there is also an orange bamboo renewable material with a soft, twisted texture. With motifs of Iris’s (Ayame), Chysantumums (Kiku), and the striking Batik in black and cream – there was much to look at. It was a wonderful evening and I was exceptionally grateful for the chance to see both collections. I am also very grateful to the Lovely Leonie Barlow from thestyleinsider.com for the use of her photographs.