The themes of nightmare and hell were inspirations for Israeli born designer Inbar Spector’s show, appropriately played out in the grand art deco surroundings of the Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street.
A devastating fire in Spector’s hometown in Israel earlier this year was cited as another influence for the macabre collection and was evident in the elaborate oversized brocade jackets which looked like they’d be shrunken and melted by some intense heat. When these were paired with contrasting tulle ballerina skirts, models were transformed into Tim Burton-esque gothic princess brides.
There were more wearable options in the faux leather metallic dresses, which looked as if they’d be tailored from the most exotic reptile skins, and these led on to entire gowns constructed out of twisted and tucked expanses of tulle in powdery mint greens and dusty pinks.
The finale dresses were mesmerising in their intricacy, like giant concertina honeycombs made from hundreds of laser cut doilies it was like watching a parade of the most beautifully extravagant Christmas decorations.
**Thanks to my pal Ella Shippey, Freelance Fashion Assistant, for stepping in and covering my shows while I was in New York, you rock!!! Check out her other posts for Fashionista Barbie on David Koma and Mark Fast.**