New Bentley Continental GT inspires RCA students to design women wear

Bentley seems to be trying hard to woo the fairer sex. The Brit luxury car makers have now invited students of the Royal College of Art to design new age and sophisticated women’s wear. A group of 17 students has put in the past few months trying to follow the art of Bentley’s leading designers, Head of Interior Design Robin Page and Senior Designer Brett Boydell, to come up with three travel products for women: a three-quarters long travel Car coat; driving shoes; and a weekend overnight bag.

The inspiration for the designs comes from the new Bentley Continental GT. The contest has been narrowed down to three from the seventeen who will create prototypes for display when the summer term ends. The three lucky ones are Rebecca Thomson for her car coat, Louise van Hauen for the weekend bag, and Alvaro Gonzalez for the driving shoes.
Describing their work, Rebecca Thomson, England, said: “For my coat design, I wanted to capture the spirit of the Bentley woman. The final design reflects Bentley’s traditions through a more conservative washed-silk cloth, mixed with the developing Bentleys’ modern innovation using a waterproof sports fabric. The lining of the coat is quilted for comfort and style, mirroring the Bentley interior’s beauty and fine detail. Like a Bentley exterior, the outer coat is simple, sleek, and elegant using the lines to frame the body effectively.” From Spain, Alvaro Gonzalez added, “With my design, I wanted to rethink a driving shoe and its shape, taking the essence of a court shoe and encapsulate it in rubber to achieve a visually effective design as well as a well functioning product. I looked into shapes from Bentley cars to create my shoe, but I abstracted and resized these shapes to create something new out of a Bentley root.” Danish Louise van Hauen described his work too “My final design is a two-part product: first a soft leather bag with padded corners and hand-stitched details – such as the logo on the front and handles seams. Second, a carbon fiber case with wheels and a trolley handle that closes around -and contains – the soft bag. The concept is that the wearer can change a shoulder bag into a piece of luggage.”

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