SS11 Two Planets

'Venus and Earth. Two planets dance.
Gilded in her satin glow, golden reflections fill the Earthboy eyes'

For Spring Summer 2011, Maria Lau has a created a collection combining the colourful and playful femininity of her previous collections with a new masculine simplicity. 'Two Planets' bring together elements of the female and male who are represented by 'Venus' and 'Earth', introducing surfaces of muted satiny gold with earthy matt blacks to form a more universal and androgynous appeal.

This fifth collection sees Maria Lau introduce materials to appeal to the male wearer, featuring materials such as pyrite and lava rock in mixed shapes, black agate teeth, and hematine – all combined with her signature braided hosiery lengths in either nude or black. This collection focuses on surface and form whilst an interjection of fluorescent yellow synthetic hair adds a fun dose of eclecticism that is expected in Lau's work. For added personalisation the tribal hairpieces are detachable with clasps to allow the wearer to adjust their look between the day and evening.

'Two Planets' has a luxurious casual edge, with slip-over-the-head long necklaces and a highly wearable monochromatic palette. The three-piece 'Luna' range, including a necklace with adjustable length, bracelet and earrings introduces a more accessible range to the Maria Lau label, where additions of metal components and chain in chemical black-plate and stainless steel create a wearable and unisex style.

This 'Two Planets' collection forms the first part of a two-part story, which will continue through into a darker Autumn Winter 2011.

Art Direction and Styling: Philip Li
Photography: Georgia Hudson
Make-up: Audrey Bourke
Models: Grace Neutral and Joseph Wilson