Semir X Greencode spring/summer 2018 Star Wars-inspired collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS18
Enigmatic collaboration Semir x GreenCode presented a collection that was out of this world. Flitting between an energetic selection of menswear and womenswear looks, the fusion of futuristic streetwear and Star Wars motifs was an instant hit with spectators.
Each round of looks stuck to selective colour schemes each time – mainly a military palette of black or white, khaki or cool grey, and a third colour – bold mix-ins of canary yellow, red or a shade of blue. The latter scheme of white and blues was oddly reminiscent of a certain friendly robot, which was confirmed by a white turtleneck with the motif R2-D2 Astromech Droid.
The looks were clean and minimal, yet the Star Wars references were strong with this one (sorry, it had to be done). Black elasticated trimmings with the franchise logo added a sporty feel, while phrases like MEGA STAR DESTROYER and DARK SIDE were boldly branded in red, black and white on crisp, oversized shirts.
The neat arrangement of ruffles in the womenswear pieces managed to steer away from any sign of decadence or frothiness, with the use of cotton and scuba lending a hand to the clean, streamlined shapes of the collection. PVC was a key feature in both menswear and womenswear, as everything from a duochrome black/bottle-green vinyl jacket to a dazzling pair of thigh-high boots, oxblood miniskirt and bralet added a glossy dimension and modern vampiness to the collection.
While the collection was overall futuristic, some elements were also borderline apocalyptic, with one black mask concealing the lower half of the face (before exiting, the wearer, presumably the brains behind the designs, revealed his identity to a round of applause), and several chains drooping informally from head to toe. Tailoring was fairly sharp but edges were reworked or reinterpreted by way of folding and layering.
The mix of urban sartorial, futurism and galactic homage was faultless to say the least, but the almost puzzling anonymity and mystery cloaking the creative minds behind the collection (there was a lack of information about who the collaborators were) made it all the more captivating.
Photos: Huw Jenkins