Hunters in the snow at a first glance, seemed to be the theme for Edward Crutchley’s AW17 presentation. Placed among a white backdrop resembling snow mountains at various levels, the models sitting and standing were dressed in a palette of brown, beige and tan tones. The Renaissance influences and symbolism of the Elizabethan era were evident in the shapes of the collection. Tight wrap vests, silk blouses, high high socks and reductive tailoring were seen under over-sized bombers and padded jackets. The fabrications of the collection were the highlight of the presentation. Florals printed onto fluid silk sat alongside soft cashmere, velvet and beautifully printed jacquard’s. Crutchley continued his love for craftsmanship by including brass necklaces, earrings and rings in his collection through his ongoing collaboration with renowned jeweler Hannah Martin. Sunglasses in collaboration with BLYSZAK added edgy touches to the uber cool models look. These finishing touches allowed for the collection to appear well finished and thorough even though the overall look of the presentation let him down.
Crutchley continues to ground his collections in tradition, rethinking craftsmanship as we know it today.
Words by Leah Haines
Images by Lusha Alic