Removing themselves from the computer-based, technological age and focusing on the beauty of the natural world, Vin + Omi presented a mesmerising collection that could be described as up-scaling natural textures and fabrics into what they aptly titled “FUTUREWOOD”.
The head-pieces seen throughout the show were the initial items noticed as the first model walked along the runway with a towering coil atop her head. Complex spirals of various wood-based materials were attached to bundles of the female models braided hair whilst immensely large spikes of wood were attached to the male models heads. Wood was also used in layers on the sleeves of many of the garments to imitate the look of bark and added a vivid texture as the tiers rippled while the models’ arms swung. Other non-conventional materials used included sheets of circular metal that sat around the neck, framing the neckline of their dresses. The show was also heavy in prints, crafted into varying cuts; the prints were fabricated from photos of tree bark and other natural materials, and produced beautiful clashes of colour and shape that made the movement of the pieces full of life.
Texture was also manipulated with in collaboration with the shows sponsors such as L’Oreal Paris who helped Vin + Omi create a dress made out of knots of hair where the hair gathered around the shoulder to give it the effect of being cushioned, resulting in a surface as soft as hair looking strong and structured.
Latex was one of the predominant materials in the collection, featured in red and white. The latex pieces came in the form of high-waisted skirts with a Japanese flag inspired rising Sun and long-sleeved cropped tops with arrows pointing towards different directions.
The models' make-up was a combination of bold, block colours and glossy, metallic flashes of silver and dark steel tones. Models also carried barrel shaped handbags made out of a PVC-like material, which were branded with the V+O logo.
The highlight was the final piece modelled by a particularly characteristic model. The almost floor length dress was composed of various coloured acrylic nails layered together generating a wave of colour. As the model walked theatrically down the runway, the nails flew into motion and an audible rustling could be heard as she passed, forcing you to take a closer look and be amazed at the components of the dress. The piece was made in collaboration with CND and was made up out of 18'000 false nails.
Images: Amie Caswell | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot