bimba & lola’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection takes its inspiration from the Grey Gardens mansion and its eccentric inhabitants, Edith Ewing Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale.
Grey Gardens mansion is a 14-home estate in East Hampton, Long Island – a fabled property that has garnered fame from being chronicled in popular literature and film, owing largely to its eccentric inhabitants, Edith Ewing Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale. Inspired by their lives, bimba & lola created a collection around it.
“Big Edie” and “Little Edie,” the aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis lived together from the 50s to the 70s in their East Hampton estate, Grey Gardens – which took its name from the sand dunes, the cement garden walls and the sea mist. They were members of society’s elite until the failure of their respective romantic relationships saw them plunge into a decadent life of squalor, driving them to insanity and isolating themselves from the world. They lived on limited funds and were obsessed with their opulent past.
The Beales’ aesthetic influence is reflected in the collection through the once vibrant, now faded tones, their clothes and how they are combined. Their dreamy and somewhat surreal personalities are also reflected in many of the Fall/Winter pieces.
The prints featured in the apparels, bags and shoes are inspired by nature, the garden and the colours found throughout the residence. The combination of materials and styles is key to recreating the aesthetic of these two women who left their imprint with their fascinating lives.
bimba & lola is located at ION Orchard.