previously published on papercutmag.com
KOTUR knows how to make a statement in the smallest of handbags. Their specialty in fabulous, unique accessories shines through in their detailed and expansive AW14 and holiday collections.
Designer, Fiona Kotur Marin, described the theme behind both collections as an absurd and mystical carnival. Motifs range from evil eyes, a ouija board, and tarot cards to birds and snakes to create this whimsical world. The handbags and shoes are made in pony hair, beads, velvet, silk, perspex, and brocade. “What we’ve tried to do with the collection is tried to take different materials, like the snake, and use technology to rethink. We’ve done snake now in printed silk and in perspex,” said Marin. This snake print is one of the patterns featured in their intricate birdcage and lantern shoulder bags.
Transitional style is an element KOTUR continues to incorporate into their pieces. Their #getsmartbag acts as both a phone cover and clutch and can be customized in several colors or monogrammed. It’s important to Marin that her latest collection can be mixed and matched to fit anyone’s aesthetic. “It’s very much a concept based collection, so the shoes and the bags are meant to overlap in a myriad of ways. It’s not just one shoe with one bag, it carries over to all different combinations in the collection. Everything becomes transferable,” she said.
While the fall collection features bright colors and eye-catching patterns, the holiday collection is slightly toned down. Representative, Manika Yujuico, said they use a lot more black. “Holiday is like a palette cleanser almost. There are more vibrant colors in the fall, lots of gold. We take that and mute it but with the same principle,” said Yujuico.
A constant in both collections, cutout sandals and booties are colorblocked in a multitude of leathers and suedes and embellished with jewels and metallics. Both collections also feature polished loafers and ankle boots in animal prints. Together with the handbags, the collection truly allows a woman to add her own touch to an ensemble. “The point is that they’re accessories that can take your look to the next level,” said Marin.
Find out more about KOTUR and look at past collections on their website here www.koturltd.com.