This season, Chulo Pony pays tribute to Grace O’Malley, a 16th century Irish princess and pirate who married twice before she was twenty, each time gaining title to her new husband’s castle and then kicking them out. Her father said she could never go to sea because her long hair would get caught in the rigging, so she cut it off, earning herself the nickname O’Mahle meaning “The Shorn One.”
Chulo Pony’s Fall 2007 heroine, Pyrate Queen Claire O’Grady, plunders ships for clothing instead of gold. In addition to this strange predilection she develops an unusual hair cutting habit that turns into a kind of madness. She can’t stop cutting her hair whenever she gets into trouble, which is quite often when you’re a pirate.
“This collection is all about strength of character infused with old world sensibility juxtaposed with a new world irreverence. These clothes are not for the faint of heart,” says Chulo Pony’s Art Director Crystal Heald.
Chulo Pony’s uncompromising take on femininity incorporates beauty, humour and boldness resulting in a spirited yet romantic collection. Cleverly combining old-fashioned elegance with tough girl chic, ornate antique lace blouses with delicate silk covered buttons along with exquisite cotton sateen empire waist dresses and ruffle neck tunics provide an undeniable contrast to shrunken wool plaid pleated mini-skirts and double twill sailor pants.
An array of military details permeate the line, ranging from naval jackets with cinched waists and knee-length sailor skirts to epaulettes on cropped crew neck sweaters. Infusing a little spunk into something classic, Chulo Pony adds an element of surprise and interest to the traditionally fitted pinstripe blazer embellishing it with bleach splatters, etched graphics of sinking ships and mischievous mottoes such as “we are all in this together” and “instead of being made make yourself.”
The colours this season, like many of the styles are military-inspired with heathered cotton jersey tops in ink and carob, boiled wool wrap coats in black jack and spiced rum. Yarn dyed cotton jersey tunics in parrot stripe and luxurious cashmere funnel neck coats with bell sleeves in vibrant vermillion add brightness to an otherwise subdued palette.
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