A long, very red runway with two grand pianos in the center let you know as soon as you walked in that something grandiose was about to happen. Famed French sisters Marielle and Katia Labèque opened playing Philip Glass “Two Movements for Two Pianos”.
Though it was a fashion show, by the end you felt like you were watching a modern day dance.
The models emerged with the perfectly porcelain beauty of blushing ballerinas. Their hair in a coif held back with knitted headbands automatically creating a vibe of tension between the dancer, evening wear and everyday urban dress. A feeling of the clashing duo of decades as 80’s meets 50’s as the duo in the background languidly played, building the tension for each look on the runway.
Peter Copping stayed true to his forte of evening, while infusing daytime glamour into the collection. You felt the references inspired by dancers like arm warmers, gentle touches of feathers on belts creating an airy waistline on a long blush colored silk slip dress. Skirts dressed with feathers, reminiscent of Swan Lake, cutout back details, layered and wrapped knitwear and heels that seemed to be a take on a dressed up ballerina pointe shoe.
Working in a palette of red, black, and grey with hints of blush and ivory. Skirts were short and full, or long and curvaceously slim. Off the shoulder styles, oversized parkas layered over fitted shapes were influenced by the jackets dancers wear to and from practice. A great example of dance and sport continuing to influence high fashion.