Wanting to create something that considered the aesthetic qualities of a varied assortment of references and materials Lush was rooted in the inspirations of New Orleans. The idea for the waist form that is carved in wood come from the booty shorts, emblazoned with terms like “got beads?” and “who dat?” worn by the mannequins that stand in the doorways of thrift shops in the French quarter. The short like many other things in that setting are oversaturated tokens of seduction, faux gilded souvenirs of sex meant to amplify the experiences of visiting and local people alike. The lurid subject matter aside, the effect of these objects in intensifying the drama and mood of their suggestions seemed a power worthy to wield. Using bright and smooth surfaces alongside the romantic nature of carved wood Lush was an attempt to create an experience that was jubilant but soft, commercial but still accessible.