Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alice Archer's Quintessentially British Bucolic Scene Fails to Excite // Fall 2018

Photo Credit: Barney’s

Alice Archer’s was a narrative well-spun. The British designer looked to a bucolic setting for Fall 2018 at her London Fashion Week presentation in February. 

The British pastoral is well-trodden territory in fashion design, frequently listed by romantics in ready-to-wear. She envisioned was the Somerset countryside where winter jasmines, snowdrops, anemones withstand winter’s affliction—a quintessentially British story. 

Last season, she coalesced three disparate influences: David LaChapelle’s photography, Italian summers, and the stately portraiture of John Singer Sargent. It encapsulated summer in a myriad of guises. Her influences for Fall 2018 weren’t as varied and the result wasn’t as eye-catching. While the models had had flushed cheeks from a winter walk and the litany of flowers she spoke of were hand-embroidered on dress, it wasn’t as evocative. If anything, it summarised a winter slump. 

Despite the trite inspiration, the redeeming quality of the collection was the hand-embroidery. (She trained at Dries van Noten in Antwerp—one of the best.) Her skill as a craftswoman is impressive. It produced an endearing feminine whimsy and it will serve her clientele’s purpose. However, it would nice to see her arrive at a different destination in the future.

To possess a signature is one thing but in order to reinvent, one should endeavour to excite.

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