Theo Vii spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show for LFW
Drawing inspiration from the Maasai, an ethnic culture residing in Kenya and Tanzania, the contemporary sartorial of Theo Vii Studio’s Spring / Summer 2018 collection was kept fresh and light, leaving its audience wishing for the warmer months to return.
Opening with a modernised rework of a white Grecian gown, the tone was set for relaxed tailoring, asymmetric hems and a certain, unfussy simplicity – Maasai people choose to distance themselves from modern, industrialised society for a more primitive lifestyle.
An array of of wide leg trousers, wrap blazers and dresses with fabric tucked towards one side were a reference to “Shuka”, the Maasai’s traditional style of wrapped sheets around the body. The traditional was seamlessly fused with the more contemporary: for instance, the appearance of pinstripes were not harsh or severe but rather a soft touch.
The collection was very much wearable but not in the least lacking in interest. It was important to pay attention to the details, as the collection incorporated ethnic elements, such as the tiny ropes that held together some garments.
Colour was gracefully incorporated in an array of vibrantly-hued woven sandals. Colourful twists of beads meandered around the models’ feet, referencing the long history of Maasai tribes who articulate their social position through body ornaments. Beads were produced from natural sources such as clay, shells, ivory and charcoal, which correlated with the colour tones of the collection’s clothing. Soft taupe, gentle cornflower blue, monochrome black and white were frequent, with the odd appearance of red, a key colour of the Maasai.
Check patterns also featured every now and again, with one highlight being a picnic-cloth tartan suit. All in all, Theo Vii Studio managed to present a balance of ethnic elements, minimal pieces and a collaboration of colour without any confusion or clashing.
Photos: Huw Jenkins