Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Clio Peppiatt Spring 2017

British designer Clio Peppiatt's latest offering is a scintillating feast for the eyes, inspired by the concept of 'fast women' and combining it with aesthetics inspired by formula one racing. Peppiatt started London Fashion Week with a band, delivering yet another immersive experience transforming a small showroom into the club house of a drag racing girl gang. Think Charlie's Angels on dirt bikes, minus the gaffe metallics typical of the early 00's. It's the kind of collection that typifies third-wave feminism, taking the literary notion of the femme fatale and totally removing the male gaze. While some would consider the barely-there rhinestone spangled bodysuit as exhibitionism rather than empowerment, make no mistake- this is a collection made by women, for women. Rivalling the naked bodysuit worn by pop princess Britney Spears in the music video for Toxic, it's easy to see why Peppiatt has attracted the attention of Charli XCX, designing many of her costumes for her 2015 American tour

Plexiglass necklaces and earrings featuring more of Peppiatt's hand-drawn designs were made in collaboration with British accessory label Tatty Devine. It follows the success of last season's collection, with mini luggage cases to motel keys produced by the UK based company. After the conclusion of the Spring 2017 presentation, Tatty Devine announced on their blog and Instagram the chance to win the panther necklace which featured in the show, as well as the regular retail price of the item. Hopefully this means pieces from this collection will go into mass production and become commercially available within the next six months. Speaking of collaborations and rather excitingly Skinnydip London have produced a series of limited edition phone cases and patches featuring motifs from the collection, which are available to buy online. Such moves strike a balance between the current model of the fashion industry, and keeping up with the insatiable appetites of fashion-crazed audiences.

Like previous collections, Spring 2017 has a heavy emphasis on detailed embroidery turned applique and embellishment, but is distinctly more badass. This season illustrations adorned midi dresses and denim biker jackets, featuring playfully feminine designs of the designers’ own making. These were inspired by motorcycle gangs, the female body (a reoccuring theme in Peppiatt's work) race car drivers and punk girl bands like The Runaways and Bikini Kill. The aforementioned denim jacket, Clio’s personal favourite from the collection has a silhouette inspired by 1970s mens workwear, but on closer inspection is covered with detailed embroiders and beaded race car patches. Motifs such as panthers, flaming typography and dice cover everything from leather bustiers, slogan t-shirts to star-embroidered flares trousers. There's a real sense of luxury instilled through the more dressy pieces worn with bejeweled tights and lace-up heels amid the prop motorbikes and checked flags.

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