Showing her affinity towards craftsmanship by using most basic fabrics as her canvas, Phoebe English presented a collection titled “intimate shells” at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Channeling a gothic meets modern persona, the draw was her bugle beading technique shown on sleeves and bodices strung in a skillfully rendered geometric formation. Each look sent down the catwalk had an alluring richness and the studded mouthwear by jewelry designer Reid Peppard worn by each model helped prove that. Her pieces came in a tight palette of masking tape color ivory and black with baby blue accents. Traditional cuts like wide leg pants, high-waist skirts and tops were punctuated through silhouettes that appeared to be fused together like a dress and top combination. Construction details like a second set of sleeves creating wings and back details which included a shirred circle, rectangular open cuts and elements of a strait jacket offered a harmonious decorum. Similar to past seasons, Spring 2013 was a sensationally ornate, yet organically simple and the reason why this St. Central Martins grad continues to keep rising.
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