I Can See Only Oxygen: James Kelly AW16

February 23, 2016

Image by Táine King via Fashion Scout

 

James Kelly’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection was a dark, striking assortment of tailored pieces presented at the suitably dramatic Freemason’s Hall venue. Sultry models of both genders stood in front of the red backdrop and amongst antique props that transported the audience to a bygone, industrial era. The collection, designed to be worn by men and women alike, featured creative tailoring in mostly dark hues of black and grey with the occasional highlight of camel and oxblood. Seams, proportions and the line between dresses and outwear were decidedly blurred in a manner that reflected the surrealism of Francis Bacon’s work – a strong influence in the collection, as was visible from the makeup the models sported. Kelly’s interpretation of Bacon’s art through cloth, used to “distort and mutate” garments into “something unusual” was expertly pulled off, with all aspects of the clothes exhibiting his clever manipulation of classic pieces.

 

Image by Katrin Olafsdottir for Bricks Magazine

Image by Katrin Olafsdottir for Bricks Magazine

 Image by Sophie Ellen for Bricks Magazine

 Image by Sophie Ellen for Bricks Magazine

 

 

Words by Peta Clark

Published by Bricks Magazine

With thanks to Fashion Scout, HPR London

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