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Pre Spring Summer 2021
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Pre Spring Summer 2021

A New Dawn


‘Looking back, moving forward.


A moment to pause has given us the freedom to dream, evoking a sense of time travel as we journey through the archives of Rat & Boa, shining a spotlight on our favourite times, our favourite pieces, refreshing our vision of glamour...


Designed in lockdown from our family homes in England, shot on the beaches of Lanzarote from a house that in times gone by was a famous 70s disco, this collection is an ode to the golden days - in the past, present and future.


An exploration of ourselves, our designs, our philosophy, the distinctive blending of the rat and the boa, delivers a collection which infuses our bohemian spirit (the boa), with clean lines, minimal shapes and a hint of grunge (the rat). Think layered lounge luxe, infused with touches of drama.


Alongside signature shapes - classic slips, balloon sleeve minis, frilled styles - our new soft tailoring takes us into the future, fusing traditionally masculine shapes with bold, feminine strength. Striking silhouettes with a louche ease, made to make an impact and deliver versatility. Draped jackets add an air of androgyny to classic slips, power pairings deliver effortless seduction.


A new dawn brings new beginnings, new light, fresh promise.


This is the spirit of Pre Spring 2021...


Love

Valentina x Stephanie


Muse?

Bianca Jagger vs Jerry Hall - the iconic wives of Mick Jagger.


Mood?

We had a fantasy in our mind, of life before, of feeling good, dressing up, being spirited. In ever changing times we wanted to evoke self-confidence and a sense of power.

Scent?

Jasmine, amber, the beach at sunset - suspended between dreams and reality.


Inspiration?

Studio 54, positivity, dancing without a care, night magic, a sense of release, freedom and discovery. Striding into the unknown with optimism. Liberty.

Place?

From 1970s New York to the dramatic landscapes of Lanzarote.


Colour and print?

Moody, bold dark florals, liquid gold, plush silk velvets, deep reds and blues contrasted with fresh, crisp white, to bring a sense of renewal.

Nostalgia?

Blurred polaroids, night scenes, Helmut Newton’s purist vision of glamour, Allen Tannenbaum’s heady, hedonistic shots. Cesar Manrique’s bold, expressive style. 70s shapes with a modern twist. And our muses - Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Verushka.


Playlist?

Disco! The 70’s era.

The contrasts?

The grunginess of the fabrics against the sexy, sultry shapes. A symphony and tension between masculine and feminine, wild and innocent, purity and excess. Styles for the morning after and the night before.

Season summary?

Capturing a mood that’s both spontaneous and sophisticated. Magnetic, playful styles, with a shot of drama, in colour, print, texture, silhouette. Effortless seduction, with a side of our signature hedonism.

These are pieces with star power.

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