HOLLY FULTON AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR LONDON FASHION WEEK

HOLLY FULTON AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR LONDON FASHION WEEK

Looking to party smartly? Then consider Holly Fulton’s brand of good-time clothes with idiosyncratic depth. Old lady fabrics—practically upholstery—strewn with powdery and quaintly chaste florals jarred on frocks of daring lengths (for old ladies) with hints of lace and even latex curling south of the hem. Maximal accessories included octagonal shades and hair clips that matched the Art Deco profile and cat silhouette motifs (drawn from the credits of a deeply obscure but excellent 1980s British TV Roald Dahl spin-off, Tales of the Unexpected). There were touches of Biba as well as Baba Beaton, Cecil’s sybaritic sister. One coat looked like a theater curtain mid-unfurl, revealing a slipdress beneath. Pockets were picked at to resemble roses, necklines were heaped with crystal, and there was more interesting scalloping than in all of Morecambe Bay. “I’ve never really been much for minimalism,” said Fulton, reasonably.

These are pieces conceived with commitment, whose references are not tacked on but thought through with a studious if magpie joyfulness: particular clothes for party-hard girls.

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