Friday 24th February

| BY Finn Blythe

Erika Cavallini: Ready-to-wear AW17

The layering we saw at Erika Cavallini’s SS17 show made a return here. This time, though, it felt a bit different. The roll-necks were still there, so too the turtle necks pulled up just beneath the eyes, this time in a shiny gold, but this collection had a deconstructed feel to it, as though Cavallini was trying to give us an insight into her creative thought process by peeling back individual layers of fabric and exposing what lay beneath. Strips of fabric hung freely from trench coats that had been stitched together, offering fleeting glimpses of beige tartans that matched the accompanying knitwear colour gradients. Lapels featured prominently as well, not only on bold and brightly coloured blazers with strong, square shoulders, but also on sleeveless jackets worn over glittering sequinned fabrics. The whole thing was laced with a feeling of movement and fluidity. And what better quality to have from an item of clothing than that?