Behind the collection

The story

This season founder and creative director, Anna Paola, draws inspiration from the magical coasts of the Mediterranean. Spanning seven key print stories, The ‘Mediterranean Love’ collection features a host of vibrant hand-drawn designs. Each print story digs deep into cultural and historical references that have become so synonymous with the Paolita brand.

Our mythologically themed Amphitrite and Atlantis prints take inspiration from Greek and Roman mosaics, whilst the Aura and Zephyr were conceptualized after travelling across Southern Spain and Anna Paola’s love of the beautiful hand-painted ceramics, native to the region.

Amphitrite is a homage to the Goddess Queen Amphitrite, the female personification of the sea. Atlantis is a nod to the mystical lost city of Atlantis and also the Minoan depiction of dolphins which were also found placed on their frescos.

Our most illustrative design, Circe’s garden, is a bold hand-drawn placement print that draws reference to Homer’s Odyssey. In Greek mythology, Circe was a beautiful goddess that would lure and bewitch anyone who landed on her island with her singing. However, she would later drug them and change their form.

Explore this page for a deep dive into Anna Paola’s design process and more on the stories behind each of our SS22 prints.

From The Designer

“My collections are always centred upon storytelling and an exploration of humanity in art, culture, history, across the world and across time“
Anna Paola Founder, Creative Director
Behind the collection

The Design Process

Born in the United States, and raised in Greece, to a Greek father and a Mexican - American mother, Anna Paola’s designs encompass her multi-cultural upbringing.

Informed perspectives on design, colouring, and ergonomics define the DNA of the PAOLITA brand, whilst Anna Paola’s rigorous eye for detail was obtained whilst working with iconic designers Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.

Anna Paola’s diverse array of influences informs her extensive research, which ranges from libraries, museums, archives, travels and endless sources of inspiration. Often spending weeks, and sometimes months, researching elements of art history, culture and nature, her proficiency to evoke stories through print has become a core aspect of PAOLITA’s brand ethos.

All our prints are designed in our London studio, hand-drawn by Anna Paola and constructed into garments by our atelier in Europe.