Umbrellas layered on top of one another surrounded the models. In doing so, it created a surrealist landscape out of a common object as the setting for Roberts–Wood‘s presentation. The “everyday” was her main influence for this season and the contradictions we face on our journey through life that lead us to our fate.
Roberts–Wood is unafraid to experiment, and to demonstrate her ideas she used repetition in a variety of techniques to give ordinary fabrics a unique look. A sheer, see-through electric blue top was the first piece that caught my attention, being paired with knee–length shorts that were tailored but lightweight. Ruching on one shoulder and revealing thin mesh on the other, delineated a feminine echo that was evocative of all the collection.
Soft curves, pleats and frills created a womanly quality to the appearance of each of the garments, whilst the contradictory boxy–cut shirt and trouser/shorts co-ordinates were complemented with small structured bows on the sleeves. Clean and minimal was the theme with delicate details that lifted the garments to the next level. The piece leaving the biggest impression was the knee-length black mac with ruffle detailing. Carefully embroidered scrunched fabric created abstract shapes and texture.
A specialist skill featured by this designer is her use of the fabric to create the illusion of quilting. Weaving soft material for the upper part of a grey dress produced a three-dimensional aspect to the piece. The textiles had been created specifically as part of a collaboration with SC Design Lab as Roberts–Wood had wanted to develop original prints for the autumn winter season. Together, they designed pinstripe soft fabrics that dominated throughout the range. Her conceptual collection was effortlessly beautiful and the design processes made her minimal pieces one of a kind.
Words: Jade Barter | Writer | @jadebarter
Images: Huw Jenkins | Photographer | @huwltd