An Event: Samantha Wills The Wanderlust Range 2012 @ Samantha Wills HQ and Icon Brand's skull candle (last photo)
When I visited the Samantha Wills headquarters last week to view her new Spring/Summer 2012 collection 'The Wanderlust'; I was told that this range was inspired by Samantha's experiences in travel. I can absolutely relate to that (having spent a month in Cambodia/Vietnam and 2 months in France) and I could see it clearly in 'The Wanderlust'. Beautiful leathers, bright Mediterranean coloured beads, mother of pearls encrusted with brass and crystals adorned the collection and it transported me back to my own traveling memories.
My most favorite memory: When I first rode a rusty old bike in Cambodia, 2009; I rode with a family friend down a dirt road, intending to buy some fried bananas for 10c.We were doing fine, when suddenly in the middle of dry season, it started to pour rain. Like buckets of rain, not a sprinkle. We had to turn back quickly and ride back in mud. Yet, I wasn't concerned, I was laughing. The rain was warm against my skin despite it being so heavy that my vision was blurred. I even hit a tree on the way back and couldn't help but feel gleeful. My family friend was laughing at my bad aim in the rain, yelling at me in Cambodian (and I didn't understand her). We made it back muddied up and flopped ourselves on the temple floor and found my sister frantically trying to unload the overfilled rain water tanks into bottles to save water (water was scarce in rural Cambodia), as it was being wasted as it overflowed onto the mud.
It really was one of these moments I felt true freedom. I wasn't worried about hair, makeup, my clothes, or getting my phone wet or getting sick, this is what I would usually think about in Sydney. I was just truly enjoying the moment. That simple act of riding a bike in the warm rain and sharing laughs with your friend really was liberating.
Anyways back to Samantha Wills. She really hit a spot with me as I viewed this range. She was inspired by her travels; she helped me relive them...