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NO PHOTOS

German photographer Timm Rautert’s pictures of an Amish community from the 1970s and the 1995 horror film Village of the Damned are the eerie-yet-enchanting influences behind Lonely Heart’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Both play with themes of isolation and otherworldliness—fertile ground for the fantastical visions and offbeat imagery Lonely Hearts have become known for.

This season, Lonely Hearts have collaborated with Auckland-based visual artist Sarah Lanarch, who works in watercolor, ink and pencil to create dreamy drawings with a slightly disturbing twist – the perfect artist to translate Lonely Heart’s hazy and haunting inspiration images into eye-catching placement prints.

At the heart of the collection are gorgeous knits and cozier ribbed cotton knitwear. Taking inspiration from its sister line of Lonely lingerie and loungewear, No Photos features slip dresses, louche jumpsuits and playsuits, drawstring camisoles, relaxed tailored pants and slinky knit shorts, all with effortless, go-anywhere appeal.

Apron-front dungarees and boxy silhouettes are a subtle nod to Amish workwear, while delicate culottes, school uniform shirtdresses and nightgown-style sheaths in custom printed silk and pima cotton are infused with the essence of innocence-tainted horror film protagonists.

Earthy shades of oatmeal, heather grey, ivory and sand are interposed with splashes of bright sunrise orange and deep midnight blue. Illustrations of faceless boys and girls (a nod to Rautert’s subjects who refused to be photographed) paired with the slogan BEWARE THE EYES THAT PARALYZE add the youthful, graphic touches that have become collectors items of each Lonely Hearts season.

See Lonely Hearts S/S14 collection No Photos below, available at The Dressing Room from Friday 22nd August. Call us on (09) 488 0585. 

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