“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then” — Lewis Carroll, Alice Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass.
Jeff Garner’s latest SS21 collection dives deep ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ as LFW grasps hold of innovative ways of presenting a runway. Garner’s method of showcasing his latest collection is all about performance, from a straddled horse in South Audley Street to the crystal glasses and fine china in Thomas & Goode Co. This was one of the first shows in London with physical seats, I had the opportunity to go through the looking-glass as we all sat as Mad Hatters, having a tea party with beautiful garments with mismatched fabrics of hemp, linen and silk. From the hair and makeup, the styling and the environment, it was 20 minutes of escapism from reality.
Garner’s ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ collection attracts fabrics from Indonesia, Scotland and the Americas — creating juxtaposed texture, a new interpretation of the Victorian silhouette and poetry. Furthermore, when one thinks of Victorian fashion, we generally think of industrialisation and constricted garments. However, Garner’s collection is a wonderful paradox, Victorian silhouettes that feel free and clean.