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“Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming.” — Rumi

Introducing Spring Summer 23 ‘Lumen’: an homage to the perennial beauty and power of dawn.


Personifying the primordial symbol of hope and new beginnings, Spring Summer 23 is a celebration of dawn as the eternal tabula rasa and moment in which the world is renewed.


Long fascinated by cycles in nature, Aje Co-founders Edwina Forest and Adrian Norris found themselves drawn to the grounding repetition of daybreak after darkness, entranced by the way its light illuminates the earth, stirring feelings of optimism from within.


This reverie saw them look to ancient and spiritual interpretations of the celestial phenomenon; from Roman mythology’s dawn goddess Aurora, who was believed to fly across the sky to herald the sun’s arrival; to the worlds of metaphysics and dream symbology, where the onset of the day represents the road to enlightenment.


What followed is a collection that embodies the aura and allegory of dawn, drawing upon archival Aje designs through the lens of deconstruction and reconstruction to reimagine them for a new day.

Celestial Pleated Mini Dress, Tranquility Pleated Pant and Tranquility Pleated Pant

Celestial Pleated Mini Dress

Tranquility Pleated Jacket and Tranquility Pleated Pant

Tranquility Pleated Jacket and Tranquility Pleated Pant

Mika Draped Split Maxi Dress and Empyrean Sculptural Pearl Stud

Mika Draped Split Maxi Dress and Empyrean Sculptural Pearl Stud

Redolent of the House’s romantic origins, classic dress and blouse silhouettes are redefined with dramatic layers of ripped organza; pleated and finished with cornelli embellishment to create textural dimension. Broderie anglaise is similarly re-envisioned for Summer 23, with billowing skirts in cotton and sheer gauze boasting abstract botanical embroidery with scalloped hems.

Mika Draped Split Maxi Dress and Empyrean Sculptural Pearl Stud

Horizon Pintucked Midi Dress, Horizon Pintucked Corset Top and Equinox Pleated Wide Leg Pant

Horizon Pintucked Midi Dress and Genesis Pearl Asymmetric Stud

Imbuing bustiers with a modern insouciance, contemporary corsetry takes form through deconstructed draping and considered pintucks that contour the body; a duet enhanced by artfully scrunched and stitched folds of fabric. Playful accordion pleats similarly heighten voluminous sleeves, dresses and skirts to great effect.

Vera Beaded Flower Midi Dress

Vera Beaded Flower Midi Dress

Orbit Sculptural Pleated Top and Zita Split Front Tapered Pant

New takes on pearl embellishments also emerge throughout the collection, accenting cut outs, straps, pleats and fringing with unexpected elegance, while delicate beading trickles up bodices to an alluring translucency.

Paradiso Cinched Midi Dress

Lumen Pearl Shirt and Elaine Pant

Lumen Pearl Shirt and Elaine Pant

Singing in a spectrum of sunrise hues, this season manifests in a harmonious palette of pink, lilac and violet; the heavenly accord complemented by cool yellows and sky blues kissed by the early morning’s dew. Interspersing shades of midnight and cloud offer their duality, while grounding tones of wood and stone quietly appear, reminiscent of the earth as it greets the day’s first light.

Evangeline Cornelli Mini Dress

Evangeline Cornelli Mini Dress

Honouring the dawn and its promise of a new day, ‘Lumen’ evokes a sense of hope, the spirit of romance in bloom, and a chance to begin again.

Photographer: Saskia Wilson

Videographer: Claudia Rose

Hair: Julia Homard

Makeup: Isabella Schimid

Models: Aiak Deng & Jessica Picton-Warlow


Aje wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Lake Bumbunga, the Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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