LFW SS16: Mother of Pearl
A fitting collection for the season, Mother of Pearl showcased botanical prints, feminine silhouettes and embellished sheer overlays on the runway with its whimsical yet contemporary ready-to-wear pieces. Inspired by shows of Victorian America from her childhood—think Scarlett O'Hara and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Powney drew upon elements of the Victorian times, showering the garments with neck ruffles, pie-crust frills, bows and classic straw boater hats. The Victorian element was also given a unique 80s twist as the collection saw frilled boots, bell sleeves and details that oozed of St. Elmo's Fire.
Juxtaposed against the Victoriana and 80s influence, the garments carried an air of sporty luxe, an original element of the brand introduced by founder Maia Norman. With its use of striped cuffs, elastic belts and beautified sweatshirts, together with sequined check prints, the collection exuded a subtle nonchalant and modern vibe amidst its prevailing vintage aesthetic.