‘All hail digital culture’ was the central tenet of Anitpodium’s AW14 catwalk show. The models were modern-day centurions in sartorial armour, each wearing feathered T-bar heeled sandals with pale ankle socks.
Fabric and colour exploded in a collection headed by Geoffrey Finch, recently appointed as a creative consultant for Topshop. Models purposefully strode down a catwalk printed with images of stone and marble busts – it was classical architecture in pixilated form, on repeat. The Antipodium ‘A’ appeared in the same digital print format, this time on jumpers in Times New Roman.
Functional pleated skirts were offset by soft teddy jackets, whilst anoraks remained urban in PVC. Luminous orange and burnished bronze were toned down by splashes of statuesque grey. Belted overcoats gave a refreshing cockiness to the feminine silhouette, retaining a touch of glamour with their faux fur collars. Jumbo ribbed cardigans and sweater dresses were also belted, and edgy splashed collars put a modern slant on the twinsets. Like its retro soundtrack, the collection paid tribute to the 90s, with Chenille long line knitwear, boyfriend cardigans and nods to preppy American sportswear. Attendees included Eliza Doolittle, Bip Ling and Caroline Flack.
Words: Harriet Baker