For the final show of the day, American born designer Jeff Garner, under the name of Prophetik, showcased his Spring/Summer 17 collection to a full audience, which included the likes of Jimmy Choo OBE.
The room was abuzz from the bursting crowd that gathered, silencing as the lights dimmed to the soft country sounds of live band Dorado. The Nashville based band, which flew from the US to perform alongside the presentation of Garner’s creations, were wearing pieces from Prophetik’s menswear collection for the duration of the show.
When asked how they felt about the collaboration of crafts, members of the band stated that,“considering that we are both emerging talents, it works really well together”. They wanted to emit “good for the soul vibes”, and since both Dorado and Garner are from the South of the US, they share the same values and creative environment.
Accompanying them for multiple songs was Australian singer, Bridget O’Shannessy, whose melodic voice gave the ambiance a lighter, more feminine feel as intricately detailed gowns flowed down the catwalk.
Prophetik’s sustainable and environmentally friendly ethos instantly became apparent as hand dyed cotton featured in capes, structural jackets and mid-length fit and flare dresses.
The length of the garments progressed, along with the range of accompanying accessories, as the show ran through. Starting with silk, monochromatic lingerie presented on a pair of models, the one black, one white pairing created the perfect juxtaposition, hinting at what was to follow.
From light, graceful daywear, the collection took a turn to the gothic and sombre. Leather bustiers, open backs, and full length gowns were intricately embellished with crow feathers and gold thread embroidery.
Loose fishtail plaits and twisted updo’s revealed detailed high necks, paired with smoky eyes and reddened lips, merging with the eerie vibes that emitted from the collection. Lace chokers and black court stilettos became the norm, elegantly paired with statement print dresses and monochromatic hues.
Occasionally we saw menswear pieces, revealed alongside the coordinating womenswear comparison, displaying an array of trailing, tailored coats.
For the finale, a single model took to the catwalk, dressed in black, billowing fabrics, an ornate crown, feather detailed shoulders and a chained neckpiece, forming a summary of the enchanting collection.