Georgia Hardinge’s AW16 collection offered up what could be regarded as one of the more interesting sources of inspiration for next season so far…and most curious way of interpreting her findings. Titled ‘Hidden’, it combined an exploration into ‘the great unknown’ with her renowned specialism of sculptural shapes that’s already attracted attention from the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Iggy Azelia.

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Following last year’s meteor showers, Hardinge decided to look up to the sky for ideas and landed upon the theme of shooting stars. Seeking a way to represent the mysteries of the universe via her creations, she looked into lenticular techniques; ways of changing or moving images using different angles. This research resulted in an array of drop-waisted skirts and dresses that exposed dazzling metallic foils hidden within soft pleats as models twirled and walked. These stunning illusions were sometimes straight lines of colour, and sometimes structured to form star-like shapes.

However, in other pieces, this flash of metallic colour was a little bolder. Stars continued to be featured, however this time on tees and the back of chic bomber jackets. Foil was also hidden within a single statement side pleat on an elegant shift, A-line skirt and flared sides of wide-leg trousers, offering a more statement look. Small rectangles and triangles decorated scarves, long-sleeved tees and the occasional hem of a skirt.

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However, the 'out-of-this-world' references didn’t end there; images of galaxies influenced the entire collection’s colour palette, with the likes of cobalt blue, magenta and hot pink cutting-through a sea of midnight black. The theme also continued in the collection’s presentation, with three huge stars that made use of lenticular techniques to provide an interactive backdrop to designs.

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As well as effectively showcasing her awe-inspiring interpretations of the universe, Hardinge also managed to create a range of A/W wardrobe must-haves. The striking maxi and mini pleated skirts were paired with layered round-necked knits, while roll-necks were also presented in a variety of colours. In preparation for party-season, two ultra-feminine outfits featured an off-the-shoulder look a la Bardot; a black mini-dress and the bodice of a pink chiffon, floor-sweeping maxi that featured subtle zigzag detailing.

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Offering unique statement looks with a fascinating back-story… and that also seem surprisingly easy-to-wear, Hardinge’s AW16 collection is ideal for the customer who can boast a little star-quality themselves.

Words: Helen Lovett | Fashion Week Press | @mustardyellowshoes
Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photographer