As the audience took their seats at Corrie Nielsen’s SS13 catwalk, the botanical soundtrack that signalled the start of the show immediately pointed to the designer’s inspiration taken from Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. What followed was a muted collection of tulle, metallic silk, chiffon and delicate leather garments with splashes of pastel dip-dye and avant-garde touches, encapsulating the complexity, delicacy and beauty of the natural world.
The colour scheme was a mix of moss green, cream, buttermilk, pastel blue, mint green and salmon pink, hinting at some of the peony roses and other plants found at Kew whilst also embracing the ever popular Spring/Summer pastel trend. Some of the designs had splashes of dip-dye which helped to make the collection edgier and more forward-looking.
Pencil skirts were teamed with cocoon jackets, tapered tuxedo-style trousers were worn against billowing pussybow tops and commercial designs sat against avant-garde wedding dresses to reflect not only the intricacy of the botanical gardens but also the designer’s skill and creativity.
The show was entitled ‘Florilegium’ which is a Medieval Latin word literally meaning a ‘gathering of flowers’. Nielsen certainly gathered her inspiration to create a show as spectacular as that of the botanical gardens. Bring on SS13.