Vin+Omi’s “The Dreaming” was a melting pot of dark and gothic infused designs.
Black origami swans hung from the ceilings the full length of the runway, which is surely a contender for one of the longest of this London Fashion Week season, and moody lighting gave the room a Halloweene-esque feel.
The design duo played with textures mixing smooth latex-looking fabrics with more textured, and coarser materials. The colour palette was fairly neutral - greys, white, black and beige tones seemed to dominate, but this only meant that uses of bolder colour became even more arresting. This was certainly the case when a floral print floor-length gown graced the runway. The beautiful dyed silks showcased the designers’ softer side in a collection which was fairly dark and edgy.
Models wearing high platform heels strolled in what looked and felt like slow motion down the incredibly long runway. The extremely slow speed gave attendees an opportunity to take in each element of the look and from a design point of view added another layer to the surrealism of the dream theme.
Although mostly womenswear, a number of menswear pieces were exhibited here too. These included a pair of men’s leggings featuring a print of various parts of the male body.
Long nails painted black were de rigueur for the male and female models and were another nod to gothic influences. The female models wore huge afro wigs in blonde, red and black dyes. Each afro was decorated with a paint palette and paintbrushes.
Just when guests thought the show was over, double Olympic women’s boxing champion Nicola Adams walked the runway in a white trouser suit covered in prints of Muhammad Ali’s face, a personal hero of hers. Fellow team GB member Tom Daley who was sat on the front row could be seen sporting a huge grin and clapping as she made her way down the catwalk. Adams was beaming and there loud cheers from the audience throughout her walk. Her look showcased the design duo’s tailoring which contrasted some of the more loose and flowing pieces seen earlier in the show.
Radio presenter Jo Whiley and actress Julia Sawalha also modelled pieces from the collection during the show, although their afro wigs made them less easily recognisable.
Vin+Omi went big on prints, hair and lengths (one model had to hold her dress down the runway because it was so long) but the beauty was most striking in their silk prints.
Words: Alannah Francis | Fashion Week Press | @AlannahFrancis1