Palmer//Harding London Fashion Week Women’s S/S 2019
Scene setting: There was something a little sinister going on at Palmer//Harding this season. For its S/S 2019 show, the brand created a set surrounded by strips of red plastic, like a bloody shower curtain or office blind, which cast its models in a haze of red light as they sauntered down the catwalk.
Sound bite: ‘We were thinking of this dangerous, seductive woman,’ said Levi Palmer, one half of the brand, backstage. ‘Because of the diaphanous shapes we design people see our label as really quite feminine and delicate. But our woman is really in control, and in modern society that can be quite intimidating to some men.’
Mood board: The collection of versatile pieces will bring verve to the wardrobe of the Palmer//Harding woman. The brand is renowned for its shirting, and these were imagined in hybrid styles, with ruffle details or as spliced shirt dresses. There were gauzy trenchcoats, feminine peplum-detail trousers and abstract print blouses, all given a harder and uncanny edge when paired with red tights and doused in that eerie red light. §