Gemma Slack at VFS Paris Showroom

For SS ‘11, British born designer, Gemma Slack, rejects the conventional bright and bold summer palette and chooses to yet again remain ‘noir,’ although hints of colour such as a bruised pink and plum purple are introduced into the collection through the use of print: Erotic photographs of the nude female form are digitally printed onto spandex leggings, bodycon dresses and sheer silk crop tops, to name a few.

Nonconformist in nature, Gemma’s latest collection is heavily focused around leather; a rather unusual fabric choice for the summer season but a feature non-the-less that has become something of a trademark to Gemma’s designs. Panelled dresses, biker jackets, tailored shorts and even swimwear form part of the leather-coated garment offering, all of which reflect elements of a gothic inspired aesthetic whist still maintaining a strong sense of sophistication and femininity.

After a successful collaboration with jewellery designer and fellow Vauxhall Fashion Scout exhibitor, Katie Rowland last season, Gemma has decided to once again include stylised accessories within her collection by teaming up with milliner, Noel Stewart to create a range of delicate head scarves and wide brimmed structured sun hats.

Sarah Barlow

Visit Gemma's SS '11 collection at the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom at 10-12 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais, 75003, Paris Today!