London based contributor, Meg Doyle, reviews the second Cimone collection by Carli Pearson.
Cruella Deville, eat your heart out. For tailored silhouettes, a pallet of white, black and scarlet, and a deliciously sinister appeal, look no further than Cimone’s Autumn/ Winter ‘17 collection.
Presented at Fashion Scout on Sunday afternoon, Cimone designer Carli Pearson produced what could only be described as the Disney villain’s dream wardrobe: dramatically sculptural lines that were sharp as a knife, although nary a Dalmatian fur in sight.
It was an exploration of contrasts. Pearson fused structure with flow, monochrome with bright tones, and oversized prints with crisp white fabrics. All at once it was demure and dangerous, with hauntingly beautiful results.
Exaggerated feminine shapes were created using thick belts, emphasised by boxy shoulders and cinched in waistlines. Offsetting this rigidity, fluid ruffles brought pieces to life as the models slinked down the runway, eyes vacant behind eerie white contact lenses.
It’s Pearson’s second offering under the label Cimone, having previously worked at Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and McQ Alexander McQueen. McQueen’s penchant for the dramatic appears to have rubbed off on the London based designer, who completed the effect with austere victory rolled hair and a gothic combination of pale complexions and black lipstick.
The collection is indeed striking – a rigorously examined concept that finds the elusive balance between creativity and commerciality. Pearson has applied her years of experience executing the creative direction of others to her own vision, with a creative and technically outstanding results.
About Meg Doyle
Meg is an Australian born, London based fashion writer. Having recently graduated from London College of Fashion, she’s now finding her feet in the city’s fast paced industry. Passionate about supporting young designers, Meg has covered Graduate Fashion Week and uses her own blog Titian Thread to spotlight emerging creatives. Beyond fashion, hobbies include self-inflicted sleep deprivation and desperately attempting to avoiding Aussie-in-London stereotypes, failing miserably due to her love of avocado on toast.