Sabinna spring/summer 2017 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS17
In and amongst the glitter eyebrow makeup, pin badges and cropped tops, as the lights dimmed and models took the stage you would have been forgiven for thinking that you had fallen backwards into a copy of Bliss. Sabinna’s SS17 collection, Kinder Karussell, does dabble in the styles prevalent during her childhood, as she explores that stage between infancy and adolescence.
Noted particularly for her crochet and knitwear, Sabinna indulged her audience with a glorious array of reworked 90s classics: tank and crop tops, a-line skirts cinched at the waist and infinite tiny flowers adorning all manner of garments, all hand crocheted.
Appealing to that period of sibling rivalry and identity, the collection features silk shirts bearing cartoon hands with the phrase “mine not yours”. To amplify the old school feel, these appear under slip dresses and chunky, salt and pepper cropped jumpers – as other designers have done across NYFW (Rebecca Minkoff) and LFW ( Ashley Williams and Steventai).
Aside from the beautiful needlework, Sabinna also showed off her ability to integrate feminine tailoring into her work, to create wearable but interesting cuts. Asymmetric dresses used different coloured panelling and boxy jackets had sections removed and crochet flowers added.
Sabinna has previously said that she wants to make fashion more tangible for her buyers. By offering a selection of classic styles – with enough of a twist to make them eye-catching, but not so much as to render them impractical or unwearable – Kinder Karussel has done just that.
Photos: Chris Yates
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