The phrase ‘Utopia’ refers to a sense of living in an idealized perfection and with a variety of chiffon, faux fur and silks, husband and wife team Lynda Cohen Kinne and Daniel Kinne of À La Disposition showcased their A/W ‘Utopian Aviary’ collection today at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
The phrase À La Disposition refers to a historical costuming technique and this is clear in their designs as we saw a combination of textures and colours in a collection inspired by the avian variety; with a blend of deep tones of red and orange, along with the harshness of blacks and other dark tones; the clothes also combined the designer’s signature pixilated designs in pieces that ranged from dresses, to capes, to trousers – all of which had a unique approach to fashion in terms of silhouette, much like the birds that inspired them.
Pieces included dresses with gathered necklines, knitwear that had a ripples of volume, jackets with petal style cap-sleeves and tulip-hem skirts – the designs are nipped in at the waist to reveal a feminine curve.
Each piece is constructed yet romantic in terms of the stern silhouette that the pieces create, along with the extravagant detail of the ruffles and volume that they have formed via the taffeta, chiffon and faux fur fabrics that are used. The collection aimed to take inspiration from the social structure of the aviary world and this was clear in the way in which volume was harsh on certain pieces, whilst other pieces were much more subtle – with small detailing accentuating the theme of the piece.
À La Disposition’s press release tells us that their A/W collection “can best be described as a rigid momentum, freed from pivotal aviary restraints, a thoroughly lavish experience of expressionist opulence”. With a clever juxtaposition of feminine and masculine – the pieces thrive on the way nature can inspire our lives and brought us a collection that combined all three elements to give us a show that deserves its place at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
Image credits: photography by Shaun James