Jiri Kalfar’s AW18 collection was an immaculate display, juxtaposing classically refined fabrics, bold colour palettes and contoured, yet loose, silhouettes.
The Czech based ballet dancer-turned-designer first showcased his talent at Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week, and has since pioneered sustainable and eco-friendly fashion on many international stages.
This show proved more explosive than ever with one model leaving the runway to play a cello, and the esteemed Czech born Swedish model Paulina Porizkova closing the show in an elegant and elaborate sheer gown, embellished with gold lace. The beautiful and iconic Alina Baikova walked down the catwalk wearing the embellished designs.
From his days as a ballet dancer, Jiri once again expertly showcased his knowledge of how the human body moves, meticulously working the pieces around this. Inspired by British greats Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood, Jiri’s pieces were an eclectic mix of traditional plaids, heavy lace ruffles, and snakeskin boots.
This winning combination set the scene for the whole show which fused electric-blue sequin dresses under structured wool jackets, and monochrome lace high collars paired down with sophisticated and modern striped trousers. The pieces thoroughly encapsulate autumn and winters colours: muted oranges, dark plums, and opulent golds.
Jiri Kalfar’s artistry has undoubtedly matured for this collection, applying sophisticated techniques to rich and varied textiles. However, while exquisitely theatrical and ornamental, all the pieces still retained Jiri’s principle ambition of wearability.
Words by Laura Cawdron
Photography by Nicholas Kristiansen