WHAKAARI - WHITE ISLAND22nd May 2018
A FULL ASSAULT ON
It’s inadequate to describe Rodd & Gunn’s seasonal exposé, via a stroll through the crusted and rumbling floor of a venting volcano, as immersive. This is
a full assault on the senses; sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, all overstimulated and questioning its reality.
Complete with a cacophonic orchestra of trumpeting fumaroles, visitors enjoy a front-row audience of primal land-forging forces. To bear witness is to be torn between awe-struck captivation and an urge to flee in self preservation.
Separated from the mainland by 30 miles of sparkling subtropical water, White Island presents as one of the world’s most accessible and continuously active volcanoes.
A canvas of contrasts, Rodd & Gunn’s chosen backdrop for this Winter collection offers visual metaphors for the range’s tones and textures at every turn.
Subterranean minerals painting the landscape in yellow, violet and green, draw focus to early season navy and onyx highlights. Hard basalt is softened by subtler oyster and olive tones from the range, much as nature would strive to do. It’s alien terrain. Crystalline forms occluded by steam the antithesis of the tailored collars, cuffs and jackets of Rodd & Gunn’s world.
This corrosive cauldron is more than a muse for our creative endeavours. One of the most acidic environments on Earth, the protective fibres of Winter – natural wools and resincoated jackets – are among the few materials to provide resistance to the destructive forces carried by the breeze.
ACROSS THE WORLD AND
INTO THE FUTURE
Longevity is literally woven into the garments on display, as it was in the garb of early miners in this place; a side-note perhaps in this context but of
Geographically, White Island lies at the base of the Kermadec Ridge section of the famed Pacific Ring of Fire, a meeting point for a pair of life laden ocean currents.
Today, the volcano’s surrounding waters are as renowned for its oversized fish population as it is for its unique situation. Many say an evening anchored beneath the rumbling mountain’s silhouette, atop mysteriously bubbling champagne-like waters is worth the price of the journey alone.
A visceral experience without par, fodder for inspiration unfolds at every turn on this island of fire. The Gunn Guy has much to anticipate in this New World.