Georgia Hardinge was the star of the show as she displayed her new A/W range at LFW last month. Hardinge, who was born in London, says that her pieces reflect “stellar parallax” or, in other words, the movement of the stars dependent on the viewpoint of the stargazer. Sounds a bit, err, technical to us!
However all became clear upon entering a showroom adorned with delicate 3D shapes hanging side by side. Up close, their positioning appeared haphazard. But after taking a step back and finding the right angle each piece overlapped one another to create huge star shapes around the room.
And you don’t need to know your craters from your comets to appreciate the beauty of the line, which has a futuristic, other worldly feel to it. The dark, moody undertones featured in most of the collection give prominence to the splashes of galactic colour positioned boldly on top – with grey and navy undertones only accentuating the magentas, blues and ivories.
Hardinge succeeds in blurring boundaries between architecture and fashion whilst also evoking an air of conservative class. Perhaps it has something to do with the trademark pleats which feature throughout most of her skirts and dresses and which lend the impression of regimentation through traditional school uniform. Hardinge is the queen of pleats – and her work with a pleat specialist ensures that there is a precision which satisfies even the most fervent of OCDs.
This precision is unsurprising. With Hardinge admitting to having a “passion for architectural shape and structure” her designs are often derived from paper sculptures and accuracy is key. And the subtle hidden edges present in many of her pieces gave a secretive feel to the show, which ensured that your eyes were glued open on fear of blinking and missing a shooting star.
It’s not for the first time that Hardinge has looked to the sky for inspiration. The collection follows her S/S range which featured signs from the zodiac embellished on the backs of jackets and sliced onto skirts. In keeping with the new collection, she worked with the same pleat specialis; this time taking inspiration from Japanese paper origami.
As for the future? We’re not sure, but we know that the collection is rocketing to the top of our Autumn wish list.