Smoke filled the air as model Alice French stumbled down the runway in a silver metallic dress while “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell played on repeat. The look felt a bit like children’s fable “The Paper Bag Princess” with better clothes, right down to the hurricane swept hair and smoked out eyes. The collection was actually inspired by some more advanced reading, “Mein Kampf” to be exact. The motto “Work Liberates”, taken from the gates of Auschwitz, was seen inscripted on thighs of leggings and tights.
Hunter wellington boots provided a very English juxtaposition at the base of pendulum and bubble skirts. It was a challenging task to try and translate death camps into dresses; let’s hope the message wasn’t lost on the audience.
Photography & review: Stephen Conway