Marie Antoinette, African tribalism and the Renaissance: No, we didn’t think we’d write that in a sentence either, but serving as the prerequisite to Sorapol’s delightfully unhinged SS15 collection, the three themes came together as seamlessly as Daniel Lismore’s ensembles. The all-black model casting only served to cement the theme.
Drawing in a reputable crowd – especially for an off-schedule show – the anticipation was clear to see as throngs of stylists, editors and fans lined the courtyard of The Royal College Surgeons on the Sunday evening.
Woven jacquard dresses; easy in their silhouette, dramatic in colour, were styled with feather headpieces and ornate shoes – the pattern African, the shape French, the feeling modern. A plethora of ice-cream shades paraded next in tailored silhouettes that had more than just a hint of femininity.
The showstoppers though – the pieces that could very easily walk straight off the runway onto the red carpet – were a whispy, feather-embellished sheer gown that clung to curves and raised eyebrows, and a finale of breathtaking “grastle” dresses (the term Lismore and Sorapol gave to their tonal grey feathers). Those were a work of art Marie Antoinette would be proud of.
Words: Ashley Jardine
Images © Max Barnett using Impossible instant film.