This season Edward Crutchley merged a strong contemporary aesthetic with more traditional influences from both Chinese literature to Celtic mysticism leading his aims to explore visual communication. As a designer Crutchley is led by a strong body of research and wishes to create a pure vision told through his designs. Held in a grand wedding like venue, with pleasingly hung chandeliers and a dark stained wooden interior. The set added harmonious and refined tones enhancing each look in the collection. The designer has begun to frame his individual aesthetic through a blend of compelling silhouettes with complimentary bold prints. From oversized bomber jackets with intricate embroidery on the back that amplified the Western influences within the collection. This season acted almost as an extension of the growth of the designer’s vision and interpretation of richness and fine luxury. Pulling out strong orange hues in soft velvet suits juxtaposed with understated silky blues, playing with the graphics on contrasting textiles to extend the expected properties of each. Crutchley allowed for a subtle sheen through printed sheers organically flowing behind the body. Silver shines peered through on heavy voluminous pieces, and golden leaved ear cuffs bringing a roundness to the garments. His Autumn winter collection brought a new collaboration with Emoji, as a new universal language used to create a playful and innovative narrative for the season.
Words: Maz Smith
Images: Abi Galatia