Glass houses and see-through skirts: Jolet

There’s a fine art to turning something very revealing into something very sweet, but Australian designer Jolet has it nailed. To get the look just right she drew inspiration from a glass-enclosed greenhouse – hence the collection’s name, Glass House – and the contrast between the delicate wild flowers inside and the man-made structure around it.

How the inspiration manifests onto clothing is immediately apparent: a crop top printed with flowers sits atop a white sheer organza skirt. Revealing skin through cuts and transparencies never seemed so innocent or natural as it does in Jolet’s glass-enclosed world. The botanical prints spread their way to hot pants and dresses before night falls, casting its shadow across the greenhouse, and reflecting in the collection in black sheer pieces that are decidedly darker and more sultry than those inspired by the sunlit scene.

Adding another facet to the collection is Jolet’s use of asymmetry, and contrasts between tailoring and draping. Available from August, you can view the full spring / summer 2012 / 2013 collection from Jolet by clicking on the gallery.