Queen of the sea

These are not your regular gowns or accessories, bursting as they are with oceanic references and bordering as they are on wearable art. Handmade in Melbourne by Aleem Yusuf for couture line AYC, the tasselled bunches of phosphorescent white or teal are like sea anemones that have been plucked from their watery home. Strands of beads are coral coloured or made to look like black pearls. The whole collection, titled ‘Flow’, takes its inspiration and its colour palette from the ocean.

Couture Inq

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Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson

And of course being no regular collection, the look book was shot by no regular photographer. Peter Coulson (peter-coulson.com) took these darkly beautiful images of model Natascha Verkaik, turning her into an ocean Queen reigning over a deep sea kingdom.

View the full shoot by clicking on the gallery.

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