Walking into Judy Wu's LFW presentation at the RSA, I am instantly bedazzled by the bright stripes of colour running across lengths of fabric. The collection, aptly named 'Prism,' explores the idea of uncertainty as a response to recent world events.
Fearing that life no longer evolves in a linear narrative, Judy Wu expresses this notion through the way in which light refracts and splits into many different directions when travelling through a prism.
Coloured stripes and panels are printed across garments and fabric falls from the neckline in a zig-zag ruffle pattern. Direction is unpredictable, colours are vivid, and patterns are disrupted through folds and pleats in the fabric.
Nothing about the design is certain. The collection sits unsettled, the opposite of calm in every way. It's alive and constantly moving, keeping the eye guessing on where it's headed next.
Despite this sense of chaos, the collection does have a softer side in its use of fabrics. The craftsmanship is not as unexpected as the design. Smooth wool, cotton velvets, silk georgette and translucent organza help lighten the mood, taking the edge off of this harsh reality. The result? A play between nervous uncertainty and the comfort in what we know.