I've invariably fallen behind on reporting on the events and presentations of fashion month for a number of different reasons. The one that springs to mind is the turmoil of my love life, which has now settled into a steady rhythm of good morning text messages and phone calls in the evening. Yes, it's nice to be drunk in love but it's resulted in the neglect of this blog and a rather scatter brained Adele. I thought I had covered every runway presentation by British womenswear designer Clio Peppiatt but boy was I wrong. There hasn't been any mention of the eponymous Fall 2016 collection, other than a reposted image on my Instagram of the collection that stole my heart and took inspiration from Wes Anderson's most recent film, The Grand Budapest Hotel as well as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Fortunately for patrons and press there was nary an axe wielding sociopath in sight, and in its place an amenable and dapper bell hop serving Lily Vanilli cupcakes topped with plump cherries dusted in glitter.
The collection was immersed in Peppiatt's signature hand drawn motifs as well as plexiglass accessories in collaboration with the inimitable Tatty Devine. Plexi accessories included miniature suitcases complete with faux travel stickers, plexi tags for motel rooms which don't exist and heart-shaped brooches. The pastel tones of jewellery and handbags alike balanced out some of the darker and more gruesome iconography of the collection, including pink scorpions in a bed of flowers and the giant, roaring polar bear adorning a V neck slip dress. Collaboration between Clio Peppiatt and Tatty Devine also resulted in Peppiatt's favourite piece from the collection, a dress embellished in 3D motel-style keys. Tatty Devine also contributed to the makeshift furniture, including a bespoke beauty vanity and check-in desk complete with key rack and faux marble counter.
One would think that such intricate set design may detract from the glamour of the clothes but on the contrary, they merely enhanced the mood of the evening. Models sat perched on a pastel blue couch wearing everything from eye masks to fishnet ankle socks and slip-on peep toe bunny slippers from the fabulous Streetzie. Cinderella can keep her glass slippers, I have my eyes firmly set on 1950s inspired boudoir heels complete with toy-like rabbit and kitten heads complete with plastic eyes. God knows where I would wear them in this small town but I'm determined to become a next-level Audrey Hepburn. The collaborations didn't end there. Milliner Francesco Ballestrazzi created the embellished berets and heart-shaped pill box hat worn by the lobby girl which included tiny LED lights. That one outfit alone has encouraged me to wear hoop earrings (which I hate), wear hats and discover brass buttoned coats while thrifting. But the collection as a whole makes me yearn to daydream and swan around the house wearing black coats lined with faux fur. Possibly with shirts and dresses emblazoned with deadly animals.
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Photos 1-4 & 6 shot by Joanna Kiely via Polyester Zine, Photos 5, 7-9 shot by Alia Thomas for Noctis Mag.Photos 10-12 via Getty, photos 13-19 shot by Chloe Newman for Wonderland Magazine and photos 20-22 via Lily Vanilli.