The wind-swept grace of searing sand dunes; the richly sweet fruit of the stubbornly resilient date palm; the lavish hospitality and colourful dress of the ruggedly enduring Bedouin people – the fascinating paradoxes and intrigue inherent to the deserts of her native Middle East permeate the collection of Karnit Aharoni.
A true citizen of the world, Karnit has taken inspirational cues from her time growing up in Israel and New Zealand, and living in London, New York and Milan, where she worked with and for such icons as Donna Karan and Ermenegildo Zegna. Accordingly, the Karnit Aharoni collection projects a distinctive and thoroughly authentic international élan. The aesthetic, while perceptibly rooted in classical design, is fresh and dynamic – imbued with modern artistic details gleaned from her experiences on four continents.
Karnit’s designs are at once timeless and visionary; informed by elements of menswear, but always decidedly feminine and classically sexy. The purposeful silhouettes wear easily and eﬀortlessly. Everything about the pieces says high-end, glamour-chic, timeless and very often season-less, adapted to contemporary life style on the go.
The collection is entirely designed in France, Karnit’s current home, and produced in France Italy and Portugal, with the great attention to quality and passion for craft and detail one would expect from French-made fashions. The smart, sumptuous, subtly sexy all-day-wear makes extensive use of exclusively designed and developed textiles, exceptionally textural embroidery and luxurious knits.
The date palm tree, cultivated in Karnit’s homeland since the origins of recorded history, is a recurring motif throughout the collection. The dragon – embroidered on each item and the collection’s brand mark – is from a piece of heirloom jewellery once worn by Karnit’s grandmother, who she describes as “a strong and inspiring woman in a long line of equally powerful and active women, who pave their own paths.”
“So much of fashion today is entirely trend driven, and there’s certainly a place for that. My collection is for the client who likes giving a wink to today’s trends but has a deep and abiding appreciation for the timeless, classic elements of fashion. She wants a put-together look that travels well, reﬂects her worldly eye for quality and personal sense of style.”
“The process of working with language is completely physical. We notate sounds that we create with air into symbols and write them all over our planet and ourselves. We write where we came from, what we stand for, and how to go places. And so language to us is a navigation system. Bringing words to the body as fine jewelry introduces language in the most personal of spaces.”
Artist and Designer