Sadie Clayton showed her SS17 collection at the Royal Academy of Arts, and it was a model-free presentation. The designs were all tied up around the room accompanied with holographic screens showing women wearing and moving around in the clothing. It was a great opportunity to get a real feel for the fabrics while seeing the holographic images wearing them at the the same time.

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This SS17 collection takes Clayton’s on-going analysis of the idea of headspace and the notion of time to another level. She doesn’t just investigate the constraints of time and endless search for creating headspace, but also embraced a visual representation of her work through the holographic technology used throughout the presentation. She used this technology along with lighting to depict the speed at which we live various moments in our life - from the frantic chaos to stillness and peace of mind we experience in day to day life.

This inspiration was unmistakable throughout this presentation, with all the visuals supporting her vision. Clayton’s signature bomber jackets were featured but enhanced by working with new textiles (including latex in collaboration with Kim West), as well as new tonal embroidery and embossing techniques. This process was used for the parka jackets in this collection as well, both creating a quirky twist on classic styles.

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Another signature from Clayton is her copper fabrics which were not forgotten in this collection. With the only other colours being white, blue or black, they helped the copper fabrics stand out beautifully.

Futuristic style jacket, dresses, coats and shorts make up this collection, every piece creating a statement look that can't be ignored.

Words & Images: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press|@andreaelizam