Palmer//Harding showed their best collection – A/W 2015 – to date, according to Sabrina Shim.
On Sunday, Palmer//Harding showed their best collection to date. Held in the gorgeous Nash Rooms of the ICA, the duo were largely inspired by Julia Fullerton-Batten’s series ”In Between”, which refers to those turbulent times we sometimes call adolescence. As such, silhouettes were verging on schoolgirl – full pleated skirts, shift dresses with shirts or polonecks layered underneath, flat monk strap shoes – but the vibe was sophisticated and more importantly, empowered.
There were a lot of wrapped fabrics, around the waist or hips, which served to accentuate womanly curves, but they also offered an element of tribalism. Navy blue and deep aubergine dominated the colour palette, along with black and white. Beautiful abstracted embroidery and stripes turned up every now and then.
Lest we forget, Palmer//Harding first made their name in shirts, but they’ve successfully evolved the concept by literally softening up the ubiquitous garment (they have gorgeous silks that float in the most amazing way as you walk) and using its form as a spiritual guide rather than a yoke of expectation. The coats in particular were the standout pieces, voluminous yet reigned in with a wrap belt.
Growing up can be hard. But if the A/W 2015 Palmer//Harding women is becoming more self-assured and aware of the power they yield, the same can certainly be said for this London label.