Stunning succulents set against the backdrop of haunting plains took centre stage on the mood board of this season’s INNAI RED collection. Never taken literally, the inspiration is masterfully demonstrated in various elements of the collection from fabrications to silhouettes and experimenting with aesthetics not necessarily common to the house. When resort meets vacation wear, Desert Rose is both sensible and chic. The elegant uniform.

The beauty in impossibility fascinated the designers - how succulents have mastered the art of survival within the most challenging environments. And how this extremely hardy group of plants managed to adapt and even thrive in conditions that seem almost impossible to bear. Where tough is also beautiful.

True to INNAI RED’s design philosophy, structured and clean lines are intermixed with feminine details. Modernity married with sublime elegance, opulent but never overwhelming. The balance of opposites prevailed in this season’s looks - utilitarian chic as interpreted by the label’s designers and in tune with its design ethos. Intelligent play and mix of oversized proportions with tailored pieces and complimenting sporty looks with feminine silhouettes. Fashion’s take on sophisticated stern.

Relaxed pieces such as velvet pants, cotton-twill trousers to floor-sweeping evening gowns sit alongside tailored midi skits and tops and jackets with voluminous sleeves. INNAI RED’s idea of uniform dressing is presented through bomber jackets and parkas utilising rich fabrics for a luxe look. Fashionable eyes will be drawn to the brand’s signature 3D embellishments made of leather and metal floral beadwork weaved into selected pieces.

The use of exquisite fabrics elevated the designs to demi-couture-like feels - jacquards, cotton-twill, velour, guipure lace, gabardine, charmeuse, taffeta and embroidered tulle. Homage was paid to the collection’s inspiration as a mix of patterns such as leaves, native Mojave print and florals were included in the pieces.

Colours are strong but it tells the story elegantly. Succulent palettes gives the collection subdued sophistication starting with shades of greens - kale, sage, moss and forest green compliments with blush pink, apricot, with a punch of mahogany.

The INNAI RED Desert Rose runway pieces are available and sold exclusively at the INNAI RED boutique.