Last season’s debut offering from Carli Pearson’s CIMONE was met with huge acclaim by many, including Vogue, Stylist and Forbes – and, of course, from us! – so it was with eager anticipation that we took our seats to witness the wares for her AW17 collection.
From the opening beat of the music, which ensured a stern but subtle atmosphere, we were totally transfixed. Every single piece that paced down the runway stunned with a strong sculptural splendour, yet appeared softly feminine with a sweet frivolity in the details.
The signature exaggerated proportions of this mighty new label gently screamed of abstractism but with a severe nod to tradition. The whitened faces of the models, who wore white contact lenses, stirred a beautiful and unearthly ingredient into the mix, giving the entire show an eerie ambiance and holding the whole audience in a gorgeous state of awe.
Taking inspiration from definitive looks, the hair and make-up came across as Elizabethan meets Geisha Girl. It was hard to know where to put our eyes because every element of this show was sensational.
The palette was a muted simplicity, with blocks of royal blue, black, white, and large monochrome checks reigning supreme, but with lively charges of red, pink and orange to impact the entire collection in its totality.
CIMONE proudly heralds hand-craftsmanship, with each garment developed and created in London using the most meticulous skill. The experimental execution of the fabrics allows them to transcend their traditional form, – we see soft, light fabrics given structure and edge, whilst the heavier wools and weaves hang with delicacy and gentle drape.
With Pearson at the helm of this striking label, it’s going to be enchanting to see where each season takes us. Prior to launching CIMONE, she trained at Central St Martins and perfected her talents at some of the best fashion houses in the world, including Stella McCartney, Emillio Pucci and McQ Alexander McQueen, so we know we have a lot to look forward to.
Poised playfulness, with a spirited hint of rebellion, made this show a true stand out at London Fashion Week for us.