For Autumn Winter 2017 Phoebe English has explored themes of tyranny, fear, apathy, voice, courage, unity, repair and ultimately hope. Through the instigation of this collection of characters, a narrative is spun and played out within the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel.
Presenting women as symbols of strength and resilience, the ‘heroines’ glorify a resistance adorned with decorative crowns and strewn with flora in collaboration with Maison de Fleurs.
Unity over division was celebrated and explored though colour symbolism and an accumulation of textures and textiles. Fabrics include trapped golden woven sequins, velvet, silks, tulle, bouclé wools and shirting cottons.
Pieces from the brand’s third collaboration with British knit wear Heritage brand John Smedley were presented within the collection, with garments such as twisted draped knit pieces in both silk and felted merino.
This conversation between tyranny and unity aims to explore both the fragility and the strength of our times, through the use of sheer fabrics implementing bold silhouettes and delicate forms portraying a fragility.