I must say I was absolutely surprised by Sophie Hulme’s AW12 debut at her first London Fashion Week on-schedule show yesterday.
Unexpected toy dinosaurs rocked the combination of textures in a collection presenting tough feminine pieces, hot coats, blouses buttoned up to the neck (I have been obessesed with this style lately), and a unique dinosaur lace that gave an outstanding originality to the collection.
Different gradings of colours, including bright pinks and blues awakened her AW season, which is usually expected to be opaque with black, greys and browns. The jewelry and dinosaurs combined with the perfect lines, mix of fabrics and top quality material, makes her new collection exciting, desirable and most of all, fun. It is for sure a ready-to-wear. I just kept saying: ‘Please, can I have it?’
As she is usually inspired by menswear, Hulme includes fisherman jumpers, embroided with geometric shapes and dinosaur silhouettes. When asking her about the dinosaurs she said: “Because they come in the most amazing colours and no one knows what colour were they”. (WATCH INTERVIEW)
Not happy enough with the hard work that goes into the mix of textures and laces, she includes bags, clutches, and leather, calf and eel skinned suitcases made in collaboration with Globetrotter.
Oh, and do you remember that picture of the day where I showed you the fun charms I spotted on my visit to her showroom at Cube? Well, as in every season, gold charms, including a bubble maker and a brass dinosaur, accompanied the looks. Also, sending you to Ice Age, she added a waist-belt, which instead of a buckle had two mammoths with their trunks in a clasp, being featured as well in a neckpiece.
Charming Hulme is undoubtedly one of the British rising talents and has opened the year with an impressive AW12 collection that brought elegant and boyish fun to the classy feminism.