When you begin your career working for the likes of Stella McCartney you know you are destined for big things.
And ‘big things’ are exactly what Carli Pearson, creative director of womenswear brand ‘Cimone’, showcased in last weekend’s sneak preview of her 2017 Spring/Summer range.
Held in the prestigious ‘Freemasons Hall’ in London, models strutted down the catwalk in a range of bold patterns and stripes. Much of the collection featured soft, beachy colours which complimented the striking cuts and over-sized, boxy layers.
All models emerged with white painted eyebrows which created an unruly, carefree feel to the collection; something which was further enhanced by the paint-splattered white overalls which featured.
However, undoubtedly the most notable feature of her show was the blurring of gender. Androgynous models played with masculinity and femininity and reminded us that strength is no longer assigned to traditional masculinity in fashion. In fact, both male and female models exuded power as they walked in floaty dresses and chunky wedges. And the whole collection is gender neutral; something which speaks volumes for the future of fashion.
Whilst Pearson’s new collection is a mixture of styles and patterns the pieces all have one thing in common – they are playful. And the former Central St Martin’s student is the queen of young and fun – she is quoted in an earlier interview claiming that one of the most important things for her is that her designs maintain a ‘fun’ and ‘youthful’ spirit.
And just when we thought we’d seen it all, our jaws hit (or should I say bounced) to the floor in the finale when models emerged wearing navy dresses filled with tiny white polyester balls which bounced with every step they took, creating their very own art show.
Pearson isn’t scared to push boundaries and try different things, again something she believes is particularly important – “Above all else my aspiration for the brand is to inspire and challenge”.
After last week’s show, I think it’s fair to say she is succeeding at both! Now how far away is spring again?