Alight the express train from mist laden mountains of Hai Van Pass and find yourself historically immersed within the imperial city of Hue, a charming riverside town nestled within Vietnams geographical heart. Pronounced ‘hwey’, journey ancient ruins and moat laden citadels untouched by the tendrils of time as tales of bygone eras enchant unexpected travellers and unravel inspiration this seasonal story.
Ascend upstream the aptly named perfume river and awaken your senses to sweet-scented orchids and waves of incense as silhouettes nod toward traditional dress. Thoughtfully modest shapes embrace fine details through multi-tie features; contrast stitching, marbled shell buttons and layered-to-match separates. Practicality meets modernised comfort in breeze-beckoning shapes and oversized styles to entice day trips of forbidden cities where royal dynasties once lay.
Follow summers long undulating rays across the citadel as native flora blooms in tonal stories of ancient lands. Golden marigold, citrus and chrysanthemum partner cornflower blue, lotus pink and lakes of lily pad green. Earthen neutrals bring upon a calming balance and horizon stripes playfully dance amongst a painterly watercolour print.
Weave in and out of natural fabrications that mirror back to surrounding landscapes in pared back reflections of Vietnamese earth, sea and sky. Breathable cottons and effortless linen partner tencel and flowing silks that long for fleeting zephyrs. Lightweight knits allow for travelled ease in an ever changing climate where tropical monsoons are met with sun-baked heat and sheer wave textures liken the rippling song Huong River.
Looking toward traditional artisans of the land, seasonal footwear follows suit in well-crafted and innovative designs with meticulous and intricate detail. Sling-backs, mules, peep-toes and platform sandals welcome the warm in reflected collection tones of sage, midnight, apricot and sand. Large buckles and unexpected fringing adorn textural leathers in wearable heights daydreaming of outer hue escapes where canal-side villages and rolling hills culminate in abundance.
As bamboo rafts stir gently against lantern-lit skies and elongated shadows traverse a city steeped in historical stories, welcome spring summer twenty in a collection that moves to an effortless rhythm and unique beauty - Hue.