One of my first scribbles in my notebook at the Spijkers en Spijkers show at LFW was “birds of paradise” this was before reading the show preamble which in my excitement I had sat on and only discovered as I left (total LFW newbie). On reading the inspiration and title of the show “Birds of Paradise” I was happy to learn that I had indeed “got it” in my scribbled interpretations. The birds of paradise behind the inspiration for the Dutch design duo are Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale NY socialites and first cousins of the every so slightly more well known Bouvier.
As the models sashayed down the runway to “Is that all there is?” I was pleased to be able to genuinely enjoy the classic wearability of each look. Combinations of yellow, black, purple and night shadow blue blended perfectly with scallop, feather, and geometric detailing. Luxurious silks, satins, crepe de chine and wool gave the collection that sumptuous feel synonymous with high society in the stylish 30s. The bright blue bird of paradise perched on the shoulder of jackets, dresses and jumpsuits finished each with a feathery flourish. Overall a perfect interpretation of the era of the eccentrically stylish mother and daughter.
Photography Greg Jackson