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Quetzalcoatl’s Nest, Naucalpan, Mexico

A sinuous, mosaicked road ushers you into a wonderland of psychedelic elegance for Ulla Johnson’s Spring Summer ’23 collection. Deeply pigmented tones, variegated hues and sunburst prints imbue the lush, dynamic silhouettes that bloom in the wild nature of this handcrafted habitat.

Crafted from a mélange of traditional textile techniques, exquisite handmade garments celebrate nature’s abundance in Quetzalcoatl’s Nest. The visionary serpentine structure, designed by organic architect Javier Senosiain, is an homage to the ancient Mesoamerican deity, a feathered serpent. Harmoniously nestled along the ravines and Canyons of Naucalpan, Mexico, the body of the god integrates seamlessly with the lush and verdant landscape where this season’s metallic threads pool in swirling skirts made of lurex jacquard, and rosy bubble-hem gowns open their delicate petals.  

The campaign’s architectural fairytale is shot by Yelena Yemchuk, capturing the whimsical silhouettes mid-sway along the twisting, multi-hued walls and amongst the cacti, whose spirited forms are mimicked in green leather pochettes and shapely Italian maltinto frocks. Floating volumes, translucent pleats and mesh webbing take on the vibrancies and subtleties of the Earth herself. Spring Summer ’23 is a breathtaking ceremony honoring the intimate motifs of the natural world, a choreography of endless folds.