Jan 19, 2017 | By Jian DeLeon
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London: Titled Sex, Lies, and CCTV, Antipodium’s fall collection was described in the show notes as “a contemporary uniform for a life under surveillance.” It was a timely theme, as the British government has recently come under fire for putting up tens of thousands of cameras around the country. Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch used slick, lacquered leathers, metallics and precise shapes to reference the digital influences. The A-line was a key silhouette, and most skirts and dresses took on that shape. Prints were specially developed for the collection by a creative team called Craig & Karl and featured closed-circuit cameras and stacked film stills meant to represent a security guard’s video wall. The sexy side of surveillance, voyeurism, was definitely at play here, as well; Finch included plush pile, velvet, and sheers to amp up the offering’s seductive side. But he wisely let the materials and prints do the talking, keeping the clothes themselves uncomplicated and wearable. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Ovular / Hourglass / Long and lean
Color: Whitened chartreuse / Silver / Black / White / Cream / Lime / Camel / Dove grey / Aqua / Lemon / Lavender / Magenta / Burgundy / Deep reddish-brown
Key Items: Fit-and-flare dresses / A-line skirts / Pile coats
Materials: Nappa leather / Fur-like pile / Velvet / Silks with a sheen / Tweed / Chiffon / Plush fur
Print + Pattern: Closed-circuit cameras / Stacked film stills
Details + Trim: Inverted pleats / Fur collars / Contrast sleeves / Self-belts
Accessories + Footwear: Peep-toe velvet ankle boots / Wide-strap Mary Janes
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