Clio Peppiatt's presentations are always a highlight of fashion week, creating fun and whimsical collections that have an undertone of fierce femininity running through them. Climbing up the famously narrow spiral staircase at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, we were presented with this season's Pepiatt women, draping themselves on chairs around a laden table while harp music played.
Seduction through decadence was the name of the game. Vibrant colours highlighted opulent glittering detailing and intricate lacework, all set against the indulgent food on the table and being touted on trays by models. Rich reds and daring pinks formed the basis of many designs, tapping into the femme fatale influence behind the collection, which were then tempered with darker, deeper indigos and blacks.
Inspired by seductive modern-day witch in Anna Biller's film 'The Love Witch', the mystical was scattered across the scene, causing the models, who were playfully chatting and giggling, to exude a a sense of underlying power. Tarot cards lay around the table and manifested themselves as delicate embellished designs on bags and jackets. Pink eyeshadow that crept down to blushing cheeks added to the effect, creating a subtle but sure connections between each woman.
The clothes themselves covered all bases; there were styles for every kind of style. Unapologetically sensual red, pink and black lingerie, barely covered by lace-edges sheer dresses, made direct eye contact with the audience, while more conservative ruffled jumpers and floating skirts toyed coquettishly with bag straps and table decorations.
Peppiatt has once again brought together her collection in a perfectly balanced way. It was hard not to be drawn in by the stylised scene, charmed by the food, the clothes and the sultry, mystical power of the women who were wearing them. Whether you want to make like Biller's protagonist and show your fierce femininity through enticing design, or prefer to delve into your darker side with a more nuanced style, we love the vision of woman that come through in her clothes each season; the ideal mix of strong, sexy and slightly supernatural.