Traditional, yet on trend. Robert Allen has released their Williamsburg Classics II collection which takes traditional 18th Century motifs and uses modern colours with rich details to breathe new life into the classics.
The collection has been dubbed “a fresh interpretation of historic Americana”. In many cases, the patterns are direct reinventions of motifs popular in Colonial homes and fashions of early American society. Inspirations are as varied as Colonial dresses and lace caps, pottery and dishware and copper-plate engravings. This collection makes the most graceful classic looks of the 18th century into fresh and sophisticated.
Robert Allen have given the Williamsburg Classics II collection a distinctly modern, rich and saturated color palette. Bold colors such as citron, fuchsia, cinnabar, spicy gold and crimson are on trend and feature in the fashion runways.
Williamsburg Classics II collection has a variety of design constructions and layouts including both elegant large-scale and delicate chair-scale patterns. The prints feature 100% linen grounds and are appropriate for window treatments, accessories and light upholstery. The wovens are soft to the touch with intricate detailing and are appropriate for heavier upholstery projects.
Patterns in the collection include:
Kingsgate – This paisley patterned jacquard features a relaxed puckered effect and each motif has a bit of metallic shimmer. Kingsgate is available in three colors (Praline, Gardenia and Patina).
Shurcliff – A detailed flamestitch design with a dainty filigree inspired by the wool flamestitch embroidery found in the costume collections of Williamsburg. Shurcliff comes in six colors (Marigold, Sprout, Salem Red, Cobalt Oxide and Silver Birch).
Courtyard Vine – A whimsical, multi-colored embroidery with small detailed motifs. This design is inspired by coverlets in the Colonial homes of Williamsburg. Courtyard comes in six colors (Blossom, Marigold, Salem Red, Laurel, Lagoon and Silver Birch).
Fleur de Lace – A modernisation of lace, a classic frame around a shell motif. It is inspired by the lace caps worn by colonial women and comes in six colors (Sprout, Gardenia, Salem Red, Cobalt Oxide, Praline, and Patina).
Bassett Hall – A woven solid accented with detailing of ribbon that creates a casual look lattice design. Bassett Hall comes in six colors (Azalea, Night Sky, Gardenia, Linen, Cobalt Oxide, and Patina).
Queens Creek – A small-scale design of flower heads on vines that look like they are hand-blocked. Queens Creek is printed on 100% linen and comes in six colors (Blossom, Marigold, Salem Red, Laurel, Silver Birch and Lagoon).
Eliza’s Garden – Inspired by ceramics, this design is an interpretation of elements found in Colonial homes. It is a large scale pattern of an urn overflowing with a garden containing birds, flowers and butterflies. It is printed on 100% linen and comes in six colors (Blossom, Marigold, Salem Red, Chesapeake, Silver Birch, and Lagoon).
Sweetbay Spark – A linen floral toile with strands of leaves and branches swaying giving this design movement. Inspired by copper-plate engravings in Williamsburg’s archives, Sweetbay Spark is printed on 100% linen, it comes in six colors (Azalea, Marigold, Slate, Laurel, Praline, and Patina).
Essex Stripe – A textured, dressy, moiré stripe taken from an archived 18th century textile piece. Essex Stripe comes in six colors (Azalea, Salem Red, Chesapeake, Praline, Silver Birch and Lagoon).
Tavern Toile – An Eastern toile de jouy that portrays a tea ceremony with vases of flora and fauna surrounding. It represents the Chinese export pieces and the design came directly from the Williamsburg archives. Tavern Toile is printed on 100% linen, and comes in six colors (Marigold, Sprout, Slate, Chesapeake, Souffle, and Praline).