Aminaka Wilmont, the design duo with a reputation for pushing boundaries on the runway, showed a collection of asymmetrical garments that artfully walk the line between racy and demure. Dresses were cut short and trousers uneven but the real story was in the carefully revealed slivers of skin and cool autumnal prints.
This season has seen an abundance of wearable daywear, and where the designers in New York stayed with classic, American silhouettes, London’s bright young things are using to prints to express dramatic themes and cultural references. Outerwear was cut in a similar vein to the garments but didn’t succeed in making an explicit statement look. Inspiration was drawn from predatorial themes in tribes and if the Aminaka Wilmont woman is a warrior, she’s fighting in a glam, urbane war.
The mixture of dresses and separates made for an exceptionally saleable collection that buyers will surely be picking up for Fall, and the silhouettes, while not groundbreaking, are destined to be copied. The designers have revealed that they design for an older clientele, which is odd considering the thigh-high socks and thigh skimming slits, but what they surely mean is that they design for someone who knows what they want. The show was concise, cohesive, and wonderfully executed, and while it will definitely not be the most buzzed about collection, it’s certainly worthy of due praise.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree