On the fourth day of fashion week, when we were all tired and overdosing on caffeine, THEO VII STUDIO captured Freemasons Hall with their AW17 collection. The two designers, Miao Ho and Yu Din, combine womenswear and menswear as they thrive to break the gender barriers in their designs – and in doing so have created a collection of fun and vibrant garments.
Say goodbye to the typical monotone, safe and dark winter colours that comfort us during the cold months because THEO VII STUDIO has brought back neon yellow, glitzy patterns and textures and layers, layers, layers…
Our favourite pieces were the outerwear coats, each with a distinctive detail reinforcing the bespoke garment quality. The black silk blazer was mid length and finished with silver gems along the linings and inside of the arm. The designers teamed the look with a white shirt, black socks with large diamond and pearl like gems stuck around the ankle and brown brogues.
The highlight of the show, however, was the yellow and black oversized blazer, which was a great fusion and aesthetic during the show. A great vibrant energy filled the room as this particular model walked down the runway to Kano’s hit grime track ‘Made in the Manor’. All of a sudden the boy meets girl filtered through the air in perfect harmony and we were very much in “Preppy-ville”.
THEO VII STUDIO reinstated the crinkled hair wave as their models rocked full and thick quiffs with the sides slicked down, maintaining the elegance of the collection. The patterns and textures on the waistcoats in particular were perfectly suited to this look. All of the pieces were carefully thought through and timeless, and they could be worn during the day and night.
The show certainly introduced a multi-gender aesthetic but most importantly stayed true to delivering a “ready to wear flamboyance”.