Fashion

In London, Designers Are Finding Inspiration in the Material World

Fashion

In London, Designers Are Finding Inspiration in the Material World

Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane
Marques'Almeida
Marques'Almeida
Marques'Almeida
Marques'Almeida
Toga
Toga
Toga
Palmer - Harding
Palmer - Harding
JW Anderson
JW Anderson
JW Anderson
Richard Nicoll
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One way to make something new in fashion is to look outside of fashion. In London, during this Fall/Winter 2014 season, that’s meant a tour around the home, office space included. Designers are showing innovative uses of materials, many of which evoke the domestic everyday.

We start in the library, with Christopher Kane’s open book dresses, made of organza leaves as animated and blank as the folios from PageMaster. Then, we dip into into the craft closet, where grosgrain ribbon has, for another season, inspired the designer. This time, candy Kane pink ribbon is proportioned to the model such that she looks shrunk—large strips of material weave through her arms like stock gift ribbon would on a Barbie. And on her feet: for clean up: black garbage sac slipcovers.

In the den, Marques’Almeida has the kid’s costume box out. Castoffs from Sesame Street dress up lounge wear. Big Bird satin pajamas. Crushed velvet modrobes with Telly Monster feet. And denim bathrobes with a hairy fringe.

Toga takes us into the living room—heavy pleated drapes are half-wrapped around the waist, atop of jeans and thigh high leather boots—and the bathroom—floral shower curtains fold over a white t-shirt—and back to the garbage—a tube dress of slick black plastic is stuffed with another dress.

In the home office, Palmer//Harding‘s putting white oxford shirts through the paper shredder and fastening them with oversized paper clip brooches.

Meanwhile, JW Anderson‘s making us hungry for Paris with dresses and shoes of golden felt and buttery leather that fold like a croissant.

Finally, Richard Nicoll suits us up in a hue well-known to those who use the tools of the Apple Dynasty—the blue of the outgoing iMessage.