With the sound of electro pop booming out, we settled down to watch the knitwear revolution. For their second ever season of womenswear, the London knitwear collective who have been making waves in the world of menswear for three years, SISTER by SIBLING, presented shiny lurex knitted skirts, fully leopard knitted suits, pom pom mohawks and amazing incredible jacket and bag crafted out of nylon hair from Kingsland High Street in Dalston – there was even a stole with a knitted fox head – fancy that!
Colours were cheerfully clashing, orange leopard, silvery pink as well as hot pink mohair, ‘Yves Saint Laurent blue’ and sequin-embellished midnight blue too. Shapes were layered, with form-fitted knitted trews and sweater dresses beneath lady-like cardigans over the top. The collection was styled for the show by none other than Marc Jacobs right hand woman and editor of LOVE Magazine, Katie Grand, who had apparently requested 'more sparkles' - which led to a lot of frantic late night extra sequinning by the team!
The SISTER by SIBLING catwalk show in full
The design trio, made up of Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan and Joe Bates, explained the muse behind the collection to us backstage – the idea of an East End matriarch, who loves her wayward sons, and whatever trouble they got up to, could do no wrong in her eyes. This character brought with her the brassy patterns and confident colours, as well as a plenty of sparkle, inspired another breed of East-End dwellers – dressed up club kids.
The skulls and tattoo-inspired motifs of bleeding hearts, along with the beady-eyed Dalston fox might all be fun and even a bit mad, but the pieces are impeccably put together, using the most refined of tradition techniques. Arran knits, crochet, and the way the fake hair was laid down strand by strand - go towards achieving a couture-like quality of finish to the pieces. Between them the designers worked for fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Gallliano, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud – so they know a thing or two about their craft and it clearly shows.
The Sibling designers talk about their inspiration for the Autumn Winter 2012 collection
By Naomi Attwood