We’ve come to know that Vin + Omi put on a great show. It usually falls on the penultimate night of LFW, synchronising almost perfectly with the moment when the shows start to blur in our memories and the thought that this magical time of year is almost over makes us determinedly morose. So we are incredibly lucky that each year, the boys take it upon themselves to pep us up with something wild and crazy, each more daring than the last.
Last night, the fash pack queued around the streets of the Rooms on Regents Park to sneak a peek at the AW16 collection. Once we’d filled the room, the sultry tones of Sia’s California Dreamin’ cover announced the arrival of the first model in a dramatic pose at the end of the catwalk and we were off, into a world of wigs and wonderful weirdness.
Named Colourotic, the collection did exactly what it said on the tin. Each model wore a different colour from head to foot, ranging from hot pink to fiery ochre to petrol grey. Every aspect of the erotic was present; see-through, latex, fur, leather, masks, spikes and straps all made their way down the runway. The models’ hands were enrobed in extravagant finger decorations, from spiky shards to delicate bubbles, and, in true Vin + Omi style, shoes were incredible teetering creations, matching each outfit perfectly.
The show finished with an appearance we had all been waiting for with bated breath; Jane Horrocks’ Bubble tottered down the catwalk to cheers from the audience, wearing a white, textured A-line cocktail dress. The boys are the masterminds behind her wardrobe on the upcoming Ab Fab film, citing her eccentric freedom as the perfect canvas for their creations.
The collection was everything we had wanted it to be; sexy, crazy and fun. The pure force of creativity behind the designs is nothing short of astounding, managing to surprise and delight the audience anew every single season. As we left the show, heading out into the darkness of Regents Park, the change in atmosphere was palpable; spirits were lifted, and we felt safe in the knowledge that although this season’s LFW might be almost over, the next is never far away and promises even more excitement.
Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett
Images: Amie Caswell | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot