The BFC Show space was the setting for this show, and with our ticket in hand, which was written perfectly in a slick gold pen, we sat down and excitedly awaited the Emilio de la Morena AW13/14 collection. As the lights dimmed and the room went silent, a robotic voiceover opened the show, suggesting that what we were about to see would be less classic and more quirky chic.
Our senses told us right, as huge basket weaved fabrics, thick cuts, gridded shapes and flashes of red took to the catwalk. Each design went back to basics showcasing the beauty of old school weaving techniques. The overlapping fabrics made the designs look bold on the tiny framed models and although they did little to flatter figures, they were in keeping with the loose, voluminous fit that is so popular today.
It was not a collection for the faint hearted, but definitely one for those who are not afraid to let a sunny, autumnal day breathe through your clothes. The beautiful models wore the collection well, and made the daring thigh high cuts and dramatic prints that could otherwise cause a gasp, look calm, controlled and in place.
The piece to take from this collection was a stunning, rich red coat. With the collections trademark sculptural and linear weave, the coat looked like a modern, Richard Burton style take on little red riding hood. The electrifying colour was piercing but romantic, and one that reminded me of this verse, taken from a poem by John Stevens:
I fell in love with the “girl in the red coat” that night.
A love that has not wavered, Has withstood the test of Time
A love built on God’s love.
By Marni Banks