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 womens wear. A group of 17 students have 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. From the seventeen, the contest has been narrowed down to three 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 modern innovation of the developing Bentleys using a waterproof sports fabric. The lining of the coat is quilted for comfort and style, mirroring the beauty and fine detail of the Bentley interior. Like a Bentley exterior, the outer coat is simple, sleek and elegant using the lines to effectively frame the body.” Alvaro Gonzalez, from Spain, 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 logo on front and handle seams. Second, a carbon fibre case with wheels and trolley handle that closes around -and contains – the soft bag. The concept being that the wearer can change a shoulder bag into a piece of luggage.”

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