Powerful and protective structures were the keynote of Carli Pearson’s collection. Exaggerated capped shoulders were a recurring theme, creating bold silhouettes with enlarged angular proportions. Crafted peplums and frills were layered creating an elegant feel to the jackets and dresses.
Leading the show was a red and black checked dress with coordinating hood, reminiscent of a fond fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood” but with a twist. Alternate models walked down the catwalk wearing white contact lenses that covered the iris. Their pupils became piercing because of this which looked prominent and unusual. This striking, power look unified with the block-style clothing. Lips varied from a solid maroon, to red dots precisely scattered over the mouth which interlinked with the block colour palette of the garments. Hair was styled, sculpted up on either side in a feminine curve, beautifully abstract and artistic.
Graphic black and white dresses and jackets ascended into fire engine reds, royal blue, and magenta with hints of fuchsia pink. A stunning red coat with extended patent panels emphasised the shoulders, and was cinched in at the waist with a black leather belt. The technical shapes felt at once both robotic and fluid through the clever execution of soft and light-weight fabrics. A collection full of volume and bold adventurous cuts, wearable for anyone intending to turn heads.
Reworked wools made into tassels, featured on tailored jacket’s shoulders creating more dimension and texture to the garment. Through the linear patterns on the dresses, symmetrical and assymetic cuts she created visual layers that challenged the eye. Pearson’s creations were an exciting explorative way of pushing the boundaries of clothing’s sculptures.
Words: Jade Barter | Writer | @jadebarter
Images: Henry Hewitt | Photographer | @henryjhewitt