Departing radically from the much softer, lighter SS17 collection, CIMONE’s AW17/18 catwalk saw a return to their signature: exaggeration and heavily structured severe lines. The look was reflected with highly sculpted hairstyles, both impressive and supportive of the collection on show.

To a perfectly allied soundtrack, produced by Lauren Flax, and ending aptly with Björk’s ‘Crystalline’, the Gallery was treated to voluptuous, vivacious looks, each model applied with deathly whitened make-up and wearing white-out contact lenses – reflecting the other-worldly, dystopian inspiration behind the collection. “At every corner a sense of rebellion bubbles under the surface, waiting to erupt from the strictures of convention.”

In amongst the solemn palette opted for, away from the lighter, predominately whiter tones and fabrics seen in SS17, outbursts of colour stood out with strong, rich blue and reds dispersed throughout the collection. The feminine was enhanced to the extreme, the body’s contours taken to excess. Form itself was taken to the extremes, also, an intricately designed wool piece, of the highest quality, stood out. Tightly coiled ruffles were there, flowing lighter ruffles elegantly fell - the final look had these morphed into roses, beautifully.

The audience received the showcase with rapturous applause with Carli Pearson, founder and Creative Director, coyly appearing briefly to a fantastic reception, for what was an interesting, boundary-pushing, statement line.

Photography by Katherin Werner

Words by Luke Conolly

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