Georgia Hardinge‘s Spring/Summer 2016 presentation was in The Painting Rooms in Soho, showcasing her ‘Dynasty’ collection, a succession to her previous award-winning collection. It is apparent that Georgia has found her strength within her sculptural designs, perfecting a refined signature look in geometric pleating. This created an extremely modern edge to the collection.
Inspiration was drawn from both Japanese stencils and Zodiac signs: Scorpio, Cancer and Gemini. Intricate laser cutting had been used to adorn the garments in these shapes, creating focus on shadow, form and a narrative. Asymmetric shapes were abundant throughout the skirts and dresses, the pleats creating depth and movement. Buttonless white shirts wear heavily detailed in the laser cut patterns and geometric shapes. Sharp lines were found defining the shirt collars and lapels on the blazers
Collaborating with Claudio Giambussion, Georgia Hardinge’s team achieved a striking set design. Large-scale paper stencils covered the walls, and an abundance of white post-its fluttered in the wind of several fans.
The ‘Dynasty’ collection was styled immaculately by Aldene Johnson, the clothing spoke volumes. Abundant in contemporary design, evoking effortless, versatile and timeless style. Instantly absorbing the audience there was an excited buzz as each look was revealed. Each piece of the collection was desirable and easily interchanged with one another, creating huge commercial potential.
David Waldow and his hair team and tied a loose low ponytail, parted in the middle, leaving some loose wisps of hair loose around the face. Valentina Creti and her team heavily kohled each model’s eyes, creating a striking look on a bed of bronzed skin, defined brows and finished with a pink, glossy lip.
I’d like to congratulate the production teams and Georgia herself as the collection really did shine through as a highlight of the weekend.
Words by: April Edgar
Photos: Kayesha Clarke