Spring / Summer 2017


Following the success of Japonisme: Chapter 1, Bordelle’s irresistible SS17 collection emanates from a deeper exploration of Japanese history and culture. Juxtaposing structural samurai elements, exquisite lace, sports-chic and an S&M sensuality to create a richly evocative collection.

In homage to Tomoe Goza, the most famous female Japanese samurai of the 12th century. Tomoe, the fearless and fashion-forward selection, blends structural signature customised elastic panelling, soft sheer mesh and opulent 24K gold plated hardware. Not for the faint hearted, the Tomoe range is a tantalising mix of seductive showpieces and show-stopping accessories. “Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot.” — The Tale of the Heike. The desire to create exquisite and innovative pieces remains at the forefront of the collection, with opulence and originality the foundations of each Bordelle design.

Inspired by a modern form of Japanese martial arts, Kendo, the exceptionally experimental selection, blends bondage aesthetics with sports-luxe silhouettes. Handcrafted with supple stretch-sports fabric, signature customised elastic strapping and 24K gold plated hardware. Key pieces include the introduction of the contemporary Kendo Brazilian Cut Brief, the Kendo Bodice Bra, complete with adjustable cups, and the Kendo Crop Top with wrap front and racer-back details.

For uninhibited luxury, the sensual and sophisticated Nami range features exclusively developed guipure lace. Inspired by the Great Wave of Kanagawa, a woodblock print by the famous 18th century Japanese artist Hokusai. The delicate Nami lace emulates the waves of the ocean in the intricately embroidered design and is available in a soothing palette of classic black, soft duck egg, caramel and cream. 

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