There are certain cliched phrases that I try to avoid, primarily because they make me shudder. However, ‘classic with a twist’ often comes to mind during Fashion Week. Although I find the expression is loathsome, it succinctly epitomises the work of some rather brilliant designers.
Georgia Hardinge has always balanced wearable clothes with conceptual originality. Her AW16 collection, entitled ‘The Hidden’, was inspired by last year’s meteor showers. On first glance, one might not have noticed the galactic theme in this paired back, sporty collection. But with every step the models took, the shimmering stars nestled in amongst the pleats and subtle sculptural details came to light. Colours of the night sky were represented by shades of inky black, midnight navy, cobalt and magenta.
Clever pleats and meticulous tailoring make Georgia’s clothes as desirable as they are interesting. To classify such a thoughtful, beautiful collection with a tired old cliche feels reductive and mundane. Nonetheless, in terms of the bankable potential of Hardinge’s label, ‘classic with a twist’ is appropriate. Whenever I’ve worn Georgia’s designs, people compliment the lovely clothes, but there’s always an added talking point. Clean lines and a flattering fit are one thing, but it’s the sculptural element and imagination that goes into each piece that elevates any Georgia Hardinge look to something very special. Her ability to blend the commercial with the editorial will no doubt secure Georgia’s stella future.