What do you get when you take oversized sweaters, add a suggestion of lace and sprinkle a little space dust? Little Shilpa’s A/W 2016 collection; Satellite 20.16.
Shilpa Chavan’s selection of sweaters, skirts, jumpers and joggers offered an aesthetic that sat somewhere between luxe sportswear and an unapologetic eighties revival. Pastel and neon zigzags, stripes and lightning bolts featured heavily, and outfits were styled with fingerless lace gloves, hand-crafted headwear and white hi-tops. A combination that will surely result in an East-London trend come next autumn.
Yellows, greens, blues, pinks and greys flowed across matching heavy jersey sweats, tracks and calf-length A-line skirts. Some pieces combined a variety of textures in panels and patches including sections in lace, mesh, as well as fluffy and fine knits. Meanwhile, glittering gold and silver baseball-jacket-style cuffs, collars and hems added to the vintage appeal.
Two types of skirt added a more feminine twist; the first being a floor-length tiered lace number, while the second offered a contemporary update for the staple pleated skirt. Thick jersey appeared to be doubled to the waistband and then cut into panels, resulting in free-flowing sections that featured a contrasting colour on the inside of each loop.
Models performed slow and calculated movements to fully showcase their outfits against a backdrop of projected space-related films and illustrations. The focal point of this demonstration was a model wearing a panelled jersey sweater and matching skirt that featured lace applique and ‘wings’. She would stop and slowly draw up her arms, opening them out and closing them again into an almost flamenco-like pose; this allowed the delicate fabric to fully flow and resulted in awe-inspiring silhouettes.
Each item was assigned one of five ‘satellites'; The Rocket Jockey, Eightease, Locomotion, E-in-Motion and Earth Etc. Within these, there were a variety of inspiration sources; many related to emotions and personality traits than more physical influences; ranging from fun-loving to melancholy.
Laidback and not taking itself too seriously, this is the perfect collection for those wanting to make a fuss-free fashion statement that’ll be setting trends.