Petit Trianon is Selkie's 12th collection, and a celebration of femininity and extravagance. Inspired by Marie Antoinette's gardens at the palace of Versailles, the Fall 2021 pieces are far from your typical Autumn collection. Instead we feature unexpected October delights, drawing pastel hues from country floral bouquets, wild flowers gathered from the final bloom and displayed like art in navy blue chinoiserie vases. That chinoiserie, too, is highlighted in the collection! Transforming porcelain teacups into cozy puffer jackets, sweet dresses and sweeping gowns. Antique napkins adorned with pink roses and petit florals are reimagined into a treasure trove of dinner party prints- celebrating the details of a cozy dinner gathering. We imagined a decadent, crisp Autumn morning in France, à la Marie Antoinette. Waking to the smell of Jasmine tea, white sheets, and croissants spread thick with jam, birds conversing as the light spills in through antique windows. Feet barefoot against the cool oak floorboards, slipping into a fresh cotton dress, delicate and light, decorated in ruffles like the frosted trim of a cake. Pulling on socks and boots, heading out, trailing a skirt across the grass with the scent of lavender in the air, gathering eggs for breakfast. Ah, the morning notes of Fall. As the evening approaches we ignore the practical and leave behind simplicity, opting instead for puffy details and explosive dresses. Party wear for an intimate gathering of spectacular friends, a room filled with chatter, games and laughter. Stars glitter as ornate, crystal glasses filled with wine clink to the sky! A toast to our unique stories. So many of us have hidden who we are throughout our lives in an effort to remain small or an attempt to go unnoticed. There are a plethora of times women are taught to disappear in society. But when we choose clothing that makes our hearts flutter, selecting extravagant looks that refuse to be ignored, things we've been reluctant to don (purely out of fear) we are also saying subconsciously to the world and ourselves- "I am proud of who I am and what I love. I am confident" We are finding a louder voice in 2021, a voice that's been too long suppressed. For Selkie that voice comes through swathes of fabric- A cinematic gown, a puffy dress, sunglasses sliding down your nose, purse swinging, shoulders thrown back, taking great strides against the current, thinking, "Damn I look good."
-Kimberley Gordon, Founder/Creative Director
A creature or spirit in Scottish and Irish folklore that has the form of a seal but can also assume human form. Alternative forms saelkie, selky, seilkie, sejlki, shelky, silkey, silkie, sulky
A typical folk-tale is that of a man who steals a female selkie's skin, finds her naked on the sea shore, and compels her to become his wife. But the wife will spend her time in captivity longing for the sea, her true home, and will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. Once she discovers her skin, she will immediately return to the sea.
Filled with color, exuberance and power, this collection is for the Selkie women everywhere, setting themselves free.
You won't believe how beautifully this dress fits. The Marie dress is a true statement for those who really love 90's shabby chic catalogue wear meets the 18th century. 100% cotton black mini with a puffy skirt and bow garnish all over! The skirt is designed after Marie Antoinette's famous curtain style gowns, which open in the front. Great for daytime affairs, heading out to the cinema, or a day at the museum.This dress is true to size, cotton has natural give and can be worn tighter.