Onlookers huddled around a wooden structure in our Freemason's Hall, Phoebe English's AW13 collection was an intimate one. An investigation into sightlessness seemed a fitting description for the pieces as eyeless models walked minimal pieces cut to precision around the wood frame.
Structured, layered and uniquely textured clothing contrasted with hard shapes that flirted with fragility, giving an essence of 'feeling' rather than 'seeing' that the designer wanted to achieve. Using a nude, navy and black colour palette, fringing, layering and an exploration of silhouettes all featured. Being a former Fashion Scout One to Watch and Merit Award winner, English's work has never been short of impressive and her attention to finish and textiles she has become known for was as clear here as ever before.
A contemporary and innovative display of garments, emphasised by the distorted growls and beeps of the disturbing soundtrack composed especially for the show made for a beautifully dark collection.
By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images Max Barnett (@MaxBarnettPhoto)