The Texture of Time

Uma Wang’s latest collection takes us to the cobblestone streets and waterways of Venice, where this weekend the 60th iteration of the famed Venice Biennale opens.

Built on more than 100 small islands in the Venetian lagoon, the city of Venice has drawn artists to its waterways for centuries. The residue of time is visible in much of its architecture — from the Basilica di San Marco to the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Uma Wang’s SS24 collection is steeped in her memories of this special place.

“Everything is so humid there. The colors are always changing, the walls are fading,” Uma says.

Uma’s latest delivery arrives at an auspicious time. This weekend the 60th iteration of the Venice Biennale opens. One of the most prestigious art events in the world, the exhibition draws visitors from around the world.

Uma has a strong connection to the region. Her clothing is produced in Italy, using the finest fabrics from The House of Lyria studio in Prato.

This season, Uma collaborated with Riccardo Bruni to source the silks, cotton and linen that are at the core of this collection.

Inspired by the mood of Venice, Uma’s designs consider the passage of time. Patterns reflect architectural details, art history and shifting light.

Rendered in cream, grays, browns and oranges, key pieces include a gathered silk shirt, lace to layer under a deconstructed blazer, and a wrap top to keep the sea breeze at bay.

Uma’s ode to Venice shines through the textures, patinas and cuts of her designs. Each piece in this collection becomes a portal to the watery atmosphere of one of the world’s most artistic places.

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