Fashion Mode presented the A/W collections of fashion designers Florian Jayet, James Hillman and Carlotta Actis Barone at Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden.
Florian Jayet opened the catwalk with a collection that examines the sculpted female figure and how is transformed by clothing. Florian is inspired by science, linking biological diagrams with fashion.
Florian’s designs emphasize shoulders and hips to make women feel powerful, strong and confident. The key pieces of his collection were a sharply pointed shoulder cape and black and cream dresses, which project a graphic skeletal pattern and exterior stitching on leather to create the impression of a ‘second skin’.
The result is timeless and classical pieces that a woman can keep and wear forever.
James Hillman’s menswear collection examines the intricate distillation process surrounding crude oil. Different temperatures produce diverse iterations of oil and to demonstrate this, each fabric used represents a different tier in the crude oil process.
The entire collection is black to reflect the natural colour of crude oil.
The main highlights of his collection were the pocket detailing and hidden buttons on the jackets, projecting a sharp and fitted look that emphasizes the male silhouette.
The final collection was by Carlotta Actis Barone, who gets her inspiration from cruelty against animals, particularly the slaughter for fur, and with a special focus on seals.
The colour palette is navy blue, beige and white and reflects the climate these animals live in.
All the models had a striking ‘white’ make up, with white mascara, lipstick and foundation adorned with metallic embellishments.
Key pieces such a large square shoulders and lining detail on the lower part of the corsetry and jackets are a fashionable version of the traditional clothes used by the Inuit tribes. Carlotta transforms the hood, a typical element of Inuit clothing, into a large collar, which morphs into a dress.
The bodysuit, which always appears in all her collections, is replaced by transparent leggings and the geometric patterns of her outfits are also inspired by the Inuit attire.
Her innovative collection uses fashion to address ethical issues and delivers a straight message to the public’s conscience.
Photography Credits: Christopher Dadey
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