LFW AW14: Holly Fulton

The Fritz Lang inspired Metropolis mien and bio-mechanic order of a lively pattern-heavy AW14 collection was Holly Fulton’s self-confessed experiment by trial and error into “considering the mechanics of running her own business and the makings of woman” – an entirely commendable quest at that. The quick-talking, precise eloquence of Fulton’s offering was communicated via bold geometric graphics, which spelt-out quite powerfully man’s relationship with technology in the ever advancing digital age.

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Satin organza overlays on wool throughout introduced quaint illustrations of model-esque hands, lacquered with brilliant red nails, and recollecting the early Warholian commercial illustrations commissioned during the 50s. Below the knee dresses and à la mode boxy blazers then became emblazoned with industrial, angular El Lissitzky like, Russian constructivist themed prints, rather a stretch from the jolly phalanges prints interspersed from start to finish.

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Following the punchy, poptastic prints a serious consideration of fabrics was on the cards, such as the bold bonding of metallic and high-gloss film in intricate layers, then collaged into tessellated distinctive patterns on long un-shy outerwear and floral box-pleated skirts.

Quite magnificently Fulton has made a devout pledge to the forward-thinking career woman with her new collection, dissecting the role of the female entrepreneur in fashion and the all-important symbiosis between human hands and the machine.

by Liam Feltham

Images courtesy of Style.com

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