RAVEN + ROSE
Lingerie for the Whisky Drinking and Reckless
RAVEN + ROSE is for women who flirt with what it is to be predictable. Women who prefer chunky boots over high heels; silver studs over diamonds, soft-bondage over soft-lace; and bed-hair over perfect curls. These women loiter on the edge of classic femininity. They embrace minimalism through simplistic lines and androgynous fashion.
They Don’t Love You Like I Love You (The Xs)
In an ode to the lovers of his past, Season Two of RAVEN + ROSE, entitled “They Don’t Love You Like I Love You” (TheXs), is a statement to the designers partner – one that evokes the fullness of love and the darkness that accompanies it; Jealousy, flirtation, secrets withheld, honest pillow talk and deep declarations. It’s as raw as it is real. This season embraces both sides of what it is to love and to of had lovers.
Detailing this visually via the symbolic use of positive and negative cutouts in the lingerie designs as well as with layers of multi-textured fabrics. With soft-to-touch stretch satin, slightly see-through power mesh and an eyelet/striped layered signature trim, “They Don’t Love You Like I Love You” (TheXs) Season Two lingerie designs adhere to the all black obsession of the first collection as well as compliments it with a subtle wink to bondage via echoing the multiple straps that was the main highlight in ‘HOYDEN’s CHOICE’.
In an evolution in sensuality however, the second season presents lingerie that is more covering and at times more classic, giving consumers the chance to experience RAVEN + ROSE as an everyday lingerie choice, not just an special occasion go-to. The designer, Jasmine Smith, chose to name each piece after lovers from her partners past – Lindsay, Tiffany, Jamie, Emilie, Ashley and Samantha – dubbing them the #RavenRoseXs. This collection holds close the darkness of a lover scorned, the wildness of what love can be and the sexuality that runs through it all.
Jasmine Smith established RAVEN + ROSE to represent edgy females in a way that still promotes their sensuality – without having to resort to push up bras or padding. She believes in the female form. She believes that its natural curves should be embellished as apposed to re-shaped into something that fits the stereotypical mold of what it means to be sexy.
From New Zealand to Hong Kong and currently living in Australia, Jasmine draws on the aesthetics from her homeland – its dark and modest view on fashion – as well as her current experience with densely city orientated and Asian surroundings to complete what is a lingerie range that compliments the provocatively and non-conventional sexiness of modern day women. Jasmine has come to recognise that there are always those that flirt on the outskirts of what is mainstream and it is these women that her lingerie caters for.
RAVEN + ROSE celebrates edgy comforts. It symbolises both the dark intellectual side of femininity as well as its blooming and sensual nature; it brings together these two dynamic facets of femininity into harmonious balance. RAVEN + ROSE is both a perfect compliment and a beautiful contradiction.
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