“I don’t believe in conventions.”

Carballosa, a US based label focusses on haute couture; they revealed their latest collection for AW17, titled ‘Unbound’ at London Fashion Week. It was a visionary and meticulously crafted collection, inspired by the unexplored: the ‘depths of the underwater world, and the limitless universe’.

Certainly akin with the inspiration behind the collection, and curiously opposing colour palettes usually associated with AW showcases, Carballosa highlighted his desire to break down conventions, focussing on green and yellow tones, with metallic accents. His signature use of flowing silks, draped with gossamer fabrics echoed the movements of the ocean, and elegantly shimmered under the catwalk lights.

Carballosa himself said in an interview with Fashion Scout after the show, that the fabrics he uses helps to create “intensity and a sense of mystery” with both the oceans and universe having the same sense of transparency and changeable colours. The collection started brighter before reaching its darker, yet beautifully created and show-stopping finale.

Seeming to reflect the transition from the oceans to the universe, the last of the twenty-nine outfits was made from black silk gazar and chiffon, with exaggerated, layered shoulders – the model highlighting the brilliance of the chiffon train with gentle lifts, certainly giving the audience a lasting impression. The piece typified the structured, yet elegant creations that were constant throughout Carballosa’s show. An advocate for sustainability, using recycled plastics for his extravagant and classy headpieces, as well as being historically involved in environmental work and projects, Carbollasa is definitely an upcoming force in fashion. “Absolutely” he will be returning for SS.

Photography by Tiffany Lin

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