A youthful spirit energises a collection where eccentricity melds with a sensual, effortless glamour. A trippy, escapist mood permeates; hallucinogenic light projections land softly, distorting the clothes and models. Film work is reminiscent of Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Andy Warhol’s 1966 experimental film screenings and dance performances. Continuing the story of New York as a crucible of ideas and creativity, the Spring 18 collection is presented in the birthplace of the brand.
This spontaneous and expressive collection evokes a free-spirited, nonconformist woman. Synthetic, vivid colours charge decadent hand-painted florals, and graphic spots and stripes. Movement through dance is illustrated in aqueous bias-cut dresses, power stretch modern fabrics, and details such as voluminous smocking and balloon sleeves.
Characterful and unconventional, a modern romantic outlook is reflected in the collection that carries a dreamy fluidity. One of Warhol’s subversive and imaginative muses, Factory girl Jane Forth is long admired by chief creative officer Jonathan Saunders for her distinctive beauty and off-kilter style.
A dichotomy exists in traditional artisanal screen-printed techniques used on technical nylons and innovative, custom-developed specialty textiles, rich in texture and dimension: screen-printed lurex, buoyant organza with a woven stripe, liquid-like 3mm sequin fabric.
Bold Nineties rave colours of acid green and purple infiltrate a nostalgic palette of spearmint, teal, juniper, lavender and black. Futhermore, the lean flares, cropped suede jacket, elevated platforms and flatforms, knee-high lace-up boots in velvet, sunglasses with red and rainbow gradiates lenses, oversized hoops. These are the details that give the youthful 90’s vibe to this trippy Spring 2018 collection.