Tailored pieces made the cut this season as Edeline Lee’s SS18 show filled the BFC show space. Forever a label that is all about what’s happening off stage as well as on, Lee’s presentation was accompanied by the beats of musician Junk Male creating a personal and intimate setting as the audience encircled the label’s work.
Clean-cut designs have always been a Lee staple but this year we saw how the designer’s use of twisting and knotting techniques created a bold and distinctive Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired look. Models graced the show space with handmade cinched-in styles such as sheer shirts tucked into pencil skirts with neat-ruffled accents at the hem and intricately embellished dresses for a more striking look.
Oversized bell sleeves and button-down details made simple and classic tailored styles stand out, while knotted appliqués gave a unique shape to lightweight knitted dresses. It was a presentation of seamless detail that flowed gracefully as one design complemented the other. The colour palette ranged from safe khaki’s and warm browns to soft hues of azure blues and whites. Chain-stitched sentences payed homage to the collection’s inspiration with sentences from O’Keeffe’s love letters adding a touch of vulnerability to Lee’s latest work.
A presentation that continued to highlight Lee’s admiration for strong women, we saw how dramatic details were the driving force of the SS18 collection. Feminine courage was the heart and soul of this collection and if the shows we have seen before are anything to go by, then women and their strength will continue to remain at the heartbeat of Lee’s collections to come.
Images by Leah Rustomjee and Hannah Rustomjee