Friday, 2 March 2012

Spijkers en Spijkers AW12 Catwalk Collection at London Fashion Week

‘Birds of Paradise’is  a phrase the Dutch use to describe eccentric and colourful people.  The twin sister designers, Riet and Truus,  used American socialite Edie Bovier Beale, a true bird of paradise, as their muse and inspiration for the AW12 collection. 
The style was the early 1940s, but the hemlines were shorter. 
However, the suede belts of circular patches in contrasting shades brought an early 70s hippy feel in to the mix.

Fabrics were the  luxurious silk dupion, silk satin, crepe de chine, silk wool blends and printed silk wool maple.

Ostrich and bird feathers trimmings brought Hollywood glamour as detachable cape like collars. Tulle or feathers flirted with hemlines. Check out the feather embellishments on the shoes!  

Embroidered exotic birds adorned (or should I say perched) jackets, dresses and shirts. 

Colour palette: Ceylon yellow, Bordeaux, lime green, mulberry purple and burnt orange with flashes of black and night shadow blue.
Catwalk photographer Christopher Dadey (last 2 blurry images from fumpu to funky mobile)
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