|Zanon embellished knitted cotton cardigan £444 and Simoni paillette and bead necklace £127|
|Costa appliquéd python belt £182|
Antik Batik has been whirling round my head since my days at Saint Martins but I've only recently come to remember why....and now its glaring me in the face. Inspired by her travels around the globe, Italian designer Gabriella Cortese set up Antik Batik in her now adopted home of Paris back in 1992. Fueled with decorative extravagance from every corner of the globe, with an eclectic mix of geometric and floral prints, neon colour combo's from Peru, Indian bandhani and mirror appliqué, and Indonesian batik, her aesthetic is unquestionably ethnic. My kind of label. And since I'm covering almost a quarter of the globe over the course of the coming year, its' a perfect excuse to follow in the footsteps of Ms. Cortese and seek out such indigenous artistry!