Words by Love Milo founder and designer, Nicki Ellis
This Spring we have created a whimsical blossom range of fabric & kimonos.
With our new design range we wanted to carry the Love Milo ethos, of bringing outdoor beauty inside, in a new fresh way. Inspired by the soft colours of Spring, you will see us using new pastels and redesigning our traditional magnolia blossoms, to create the perfect symbolism of spring! I have a personal love affair with the blossom, how they look and all their different symbolisms.
This range translates the Love Milo ethos into both a kimono and across the traditional Love Milo home fabric products. I chose to use a French Lilac and Pistachio colour as the background for the blossoms, as I felt these colours added a timeless feel to the white blossoms that would accentuate all areas of the home.
Elements of the traditional black and white Love Milo style are worked into the design with the insects and butterflies. All these different design elements incorporated together tie the new range into the complete Love Milo collection, bringing it all into the original Love Milo feel – but with a fresh, classic twist.
To break up the blues and whites, I used a peaches element to add a beautifully contrasting colour, giving an overall spring orchard feeling.
The colours of the new design, pistachio, French lilac, blossom white and peach, combine well with the rest of the Love Milo ranges, especially the brass, and add a certain elegance whilst still remaining timelessly whimsical.
We are so excited to launch our first range of Kimonos. We felt the spring blossom fabric would translate so beautifully into a kimono as another sort of “canvas” for our designs, but this time one that you can wear!
I spent a lot of time in Japan in my early twenties and always had a connection with the culture and country. I have wonderful memories of the beautiful spring blossoms that lined the streets in Spring, and they bring back a certain nostalgia for me. The kimono is a tribute to this special time and place in my life.
We chose a much softer cotton for the Kimono, one that would allow the design to fall effortlessly around you and to float whilst you wear it.
The Kimono fabric design has the addition of a peacock to the back. To the Japanese, the peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Japan. The peacock symbolizes love, or more precisely it is an emblem of love.