Bold and brazen, the steadfast duo of Teatum Jones brought their usual essence of brash elegance to the catwalk with their SS18 collection.
Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones have risen fast and climbed high up the official fashion week guest list. Having been named the UKDT Best Womenswear Designers of 2015 and last year following up with the British Isles 2016 International Woolmark Prize for their textural statements, the couples’ luxurious womenswear is now stocked by some of the world’s most luxurious stores: Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Liberty, to name a few.
The SS18 collection took charge with a clash of mustard and indigo. Wide sleeves and asymmetric hem-lines appearing yet again as the no-1 rule of next years’ SS-fashion. As always, texture takes an important role of the Teatum Jones designs, with intricate pleated details, contrasting with the sleek v-cut necklines and billowing sleeves. The ability to achieve so many different aesthetics with the same material, an iconic quality of Teatum Jones designs.
Understated, but in no way ineffective, Teatum Jones used cut-outs to a minimalist effect, giving this all-black outfit a futuristic edge, while again, the mismatch of texture in the pleating, infuse the look with a superfluity which could only come of such exquisite attention to detail.
The cut-out theme developed into the collections’ more casual designs, longline shirt dresses slipping serenely off one shoulder; the early shades of confidence calming to a more functional blue, with camel loafers adding to that day-to-night composure.
This day-to-night feel became only more pronounced with the introduction of salmon and cerulean. Relaxed-fit silk shirts, followed up by wide tailored coats and fur-cuffed slippers.
Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones are not only widely admired for their elegant collections, but also for their design ethics; having cast two disabled models, Kelly Knox and Jack Eyeres in their AW17 show as a statement against lack of diversity in the fashion industry.
Their SS18 showcase extended the sentiment, inviting Paralympian equestrian rider, Natasha Baker, to walk the runway.
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