Rather than presenting the classic love story of a woman longing for a man’s devotion resulting in the woeful defeat of rejection or loss, Clio Peppiatt reinvents the relationship between women and romance with her triumphant temptresses.
The 30-piece spring/summer 18 collection was inspired by Anna Biller’s film, The Love Witch, whereby men succumb to the spell of a modern-day witch ending in peril. This interesting role-reversal in the themes of power, victory and heartbreak are realised in the bold, feminine and daring garments. Encompassing the fantastical motif of witchery, Peppiatt uses hand-drawn tarot card imagery delicately embroidered into vibrant blood red, rose fuchsia and sapphire blue materials. Juxtaposing romance and macabre further, silks are disrupted with embroidered skeletons and light frills are paired with structured blazers.
Displaying the magic of the modern woman, the set featured a vibrant dinner party where viewers were entranced by models enjoying conversation and cake while a harpist serenaded the crowd. The effortless ease of the presentation created a sense of everyday reality amongst the fantastical. Thus Peppiatt ingeniously bewitches attendees into an exhilarating false reality of female superiority. And so, with the aim to enable women to feel ‘uplifted and fearless’, Peppiatt provides a collection which undoubtedly allows a woman to be the heroine of her own story.