Rather than generically referring to my new collection as “Spring/Summer 2013,” I have decided to give it a name. The word “jungle” implies adventure, possibly even a little danger. The word “flora” is appropriate because this collection is inspired by the endless variety of jungle plant life, in all its sultry green and vibrant accessory hues of reds, yellows, and blues. Above are the fabric swatches. I will be working with sheer cottons (mainly voile), sheer silks (georgette), and silk satin, also known as silk charmeuse. The bold color palette, combined with these notoriously difficult fabrics, promises a real challenge ahead. I’ll release the design sketches soon after my Memorial Day break. Don’t go far.