LFW: Roberta Einer’s A/W18 presentation gives voice to models
Paige Mckenzie and Emma Blake Morsi
23 Feb 2018
Roberta Einer’s A/W18 ready-to-wear assemblage has a strong focus on ’80s glamour and the female gaze. The playfulness of this collection is impossible to ignore with strong features of bright graphics and bold neon colours which drew inspiration from retro pinball machines.
We saw a diverse cast of models in animated conversations with one another throughout the presentation, resulting in a alluring, yet casual, environment – something we haven’t seen much of this fashion week. This interactive experience involved models scribbling down things they hate, “discrimination”, “capitalism” “homophobia”, onto plates with a sharpie then throwing and shattering them on the floor.
Both Roberta’s designs and the raw and honest feelings expressed by the models received a direct emotional response from the audience. We saw smiles, laughter and the occasional gasp when a “#fuckTrump” plate smashed into an already 20+ plate high pile of demolished ceramic.
With a backdrop of spirited yellow accompanied by a playlist kicked off by Sade’s Smooth Operator, we view a collection consisting of grab-and-go fashion: puffer jackets, pyjama style two-pieces and hoodies, alongside floods of Swarovski crystals and sequins. Each piece resembled Roberta Einer’s speciality whilst creating experimental luxury womenswear with a strong focus on traditional couture techniques.
One of the favourite looks included an explosive red two-piece featuring a long-sleeve top and wide-leg trouser completely covered in sequins, with purple ostrich feather details on the wrist and ankles, and ironically paired with customised checkered vans.