The designers at Manchester demonstrated a clear tendency toward sharp laser-cutting and delicate knitwear, amongst other intricate methods.
Jousianne Propp kickstarted the show using meticulously cut, translucent plastic shapes to create ruffle details in her black and grey collection. Also using pops of fluorescent green that had been intricately cut as layers, she created symmetrical surface patterns. Eve Jones used the laser-cut method on cream shorts and gilets for a studded effect, while Sophie Ho’s futuristic beachwear laced and wove rectangularly cut discs to form a selection of one and two pieces, as well as beach dresses in marine shades of blue, purple and white.
Chloe Orange juxtaposed simple heavy knit layers against glamourous embellished ones, while Naomi Bowes used inspiration from Missoni in her serene palette of knitted thin wools to form slinky dresses worn with turbans. Hannah Porter took a post-Charlie Le Mindu approach to knitwear. As a tribal drum beat sounded, brown and beige mini dresses walked down the catwalk with shaggy dreads of hair (human?!) dangling in tassels. Another gown had a whole mane of hair around the hem, while one had it braided to form a textured bodice.
Roz Lamkin’s collection presented stylish and wearable garments with printed scenes of cityscapes at sunset and tailored cardigans with lapels and all. To end the show, Rebecca Stant’s exaggerated wooden frames, reminding us of Manchester’s art and architecture heritage, stood out – literally. Walking to a country twang, the first model boasted massive broad shoulders which were later revealed without their red knit superstructure to show their wooden construction.
– Serina Sandhu