Upon entering the Raphael gallery, six circular podiums stood along the stretch of the room, creating a transient space allowing spectators to move freely around. Unlike a traditional catwalk show, the audience is able to look at the collection momentarily in some parts and in more depth in others, depending on their stylistic preferences.
The progression is notable, as English’s collections become more intricate and experimental. English successfully works with different weaving and knitting techniques, producing a tactile and three-dimensional garment. These textures are further enhanced by the immersive set design, allowing the item to be inspected and photographed.
A number of pieces however did inject more vibrant colour into the CSM descendant’s collection. A fuchsia pink, elbow length crop top was paired with a lighter pink, high rise waistband skirt. The front section of the skirt split in two to show off a plain pink material, whilst the alternative side was tasseled and playful.
The blue pens were woven in the models hair to create a pronounced crown on her head. Persian blue was featured in this model’s entire look, from the navy, smudged and over-lined lips to the outfit itself. The model sported a mesh, long sleeved pullover and straight leg trousers. An abstract feature of these trousers were the use of a double hem from the blue mesh trousers and a black trouser worn underneath. Paired with patent Dr Martens boots, this look is an effortless attempt at modern workwear.
Rectangular cuts of acrylic were layered and stitched closely together to replicate the plumage of a bird. The top of the dress included short pieces of acrylic that gradually got longer until it reached the waistline. It was then cut short again from the waistline down to the bottom of the dress to dramatise the look.
Having presented her designs in a more intimate and fluid show, it enabled the attendees to access the collection in a more tangible way, perhaps encouraging them to want to purchase the pieces.