Out of all my invitations this season, it was Fabprom that intrigued me the most. A square, clear sheet of plastic, bound in black housed a single peacock feather, making quite a change from the usual paper and card. Her first UK debut, it felt as though all the stops were being pulled out, promising great things for the collection, Into the Jungle.
As we entered into Fashion Scout’s Gallery at Freemason’s Hall, we were met by the lilting tones of a saxophone, welcoming us into our seats. The show started with a short film, flying over lush green landscapes and then cutting to close-ups of peacocks, blinking into the camera. Then, the models came out. The catwalk was suddenly alive with vivid turquoises, vibrant greens and vivacious lilacs, transporting us from subdued London to the exotic Panamanian rainforest.
Prints featuring all different kinds of feathers burst over each garment, digitally constructed from real-life imagery taken from the habitat. The collection was exclusively dresses and skirts, ranging from dainty slips to flowing gowns, all dynamic as they made their way along the catwalk. Although most were paired with simple, strappy black stilettos, a shorter styles bounced along thanks to the model’s black trainers, providing a fun, relaxed edge.
The collection acts as a beautiful, feminine homage to the designer’s homeland, clearly holding a place dear in Orillac’s heart. As she comes out for her bow, family members come forward to greet her on the catwalk in an emotional embrace, showing just how much of herself the designer puts into her work. Having come a long way since opening her first fashion boutique at the tender age of 16, Orillac continues to excel within the fashion industry, and I hope she will return to London next season to further shower us with inspired design and interesting finishing touches.