From walking into the light, airy room that hosted Antipodium’s Spring Summer 2011 collection Hothouse, I could already get a feel for the collection I was about to see at London Fashion Week. A jungle themed track played in the background, and the room was filled with leafy plants and bushes. It helped that the sun was out in full form, shining through the garden and nature-themed room.
Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch has worked with New York artist Craig Redman to create four exclusive prints to give Antipodium its earthy themed collection; an over-sized graphic of entwined limbs, a dense foliage and whimsical repeat graphics of moths, caterpillars, butterflies and delicate blooms.
The collection concentrated on organic silhouettes and sharp, geometric detailing. The key styles for ladieswear are shirt dresses and sheer flowing see-through skirts, with the length being all about the ankle. Dresses and skirts were floor skimming, sheer and see-through, with legs peeping through silky netted materials. The colour palette was a khaki rainbow, where Finch used khaki greens, pinks and mustards for a natural feel. Blouses were thin silks where visible bra’s was a daring trend that Antipodium showed off. It looked very feminine, but I think this is a trend only the brave will try.
Models strutted around the room to the mellow ‘Are you going to Scarborough Fair?’ track in blouses covered in bloom and insect print graphics, a true Summer garden feel. However, the collection mixed up slightly towards the end of the show when shirt dresses were layered with roll knit jumpers underneath, and men stepped out in shoes and socks. A kind of strange finish to the show, but Diana Vickers made her appearance at this point and seemed to embrace the collection with a huge smile.
Accessories were kept safe – classic grey pointy-toe courts and black skinny belts to pinch in silhouettes. Make-up was kept natural with the exception of deep berry coloured lips. A pretty modern-day Summer collection. A glass of lemonade in hand and a sunhat donned on and I would have truly felt part of a garden party.