The Natural Blonde by Sister by Sibling
British fashion designers Sibling crocheted colourful flowers and giant accessories for their Autumn Winter 2013 womenswear collection shown during London Fashion Week.
Renowned for knitwear, Sibling created the range of textured and floral-patterned clothes for their womenswear label Sister.
The collection was influenced by British television presenter Paula Yates. "In our eyes she was the perfect English Rose - Punk Version," says Sibling.
Hand crocheted scarves and coats are all exaggerated in size, with Fair Isle knits used for more simple dresses detailed with rose motifs.
Mint green and bright red outfits are interspersed with calmer shades of beige, blue and pink.
A jumper printed with a defaced image of Marie Antoinette was inspired by graffitied paintings.
Outfits are accessorised with giant bobble hats in matching colours to the garments, plus fur scarves and arm warmers in white, black or red.
Similar oversized accessories were used in their menswear collection shown earlier this year during London Collections: Men.
The Sister by Sibling collection was shown during London Fashion Week, which concluded yesterday.
We've also featured a fashion collection that included wooden clothes from the Autumn Winter 2013 season.
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Photography is by Chistopher Dadey.
Here is some more information from Sister by Sibling:
The Natural Blonde - Autumn Winter 2013
"Nothing stands in your way when you’re a blonde except perhaps the wardrobe door" - Paula Yates, ‘Blondes, a history from their earliest roots’ 1983.
“This season we wanted to explore the idea of Paula Yates’ feminine sexuality,” say Sister by Sibling AKA Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. “She was sexy and flirtatious, beautiful and clever and also a rarity since women loved her too. She must have been doing something right!”
They continue: “In many ways she presented herself in quite a traditional sense; she was almost ironic in her Forties/Fifties silhouettes, the clothing of the perfect housewife. It was as if she took her look as a role; an ad for an ideal homemaker subverted. In our eyes she was the perfect English Rose. Punk Version.’
This season Sister by Sibling is inspired by Paula Yates’ energy, fun and Englishness: the label interprets her vibrant spirit in knit.
Borrowing and bouncing off the boys Sibling collection, Sister both shares and diverts from this earlier offering shown at the beginning of the year. The Spray Paint Marie Antoinette sweater has a similar structure to the Sibling Hell and Please Kill Me jumpers: side seams pull forward into a bonded front, merino ribs form a relaxed shoulder. This same silhouette is worked in Scottish lamb’s wool Fair Isles, a new graphic with a delicate lace stitch running through. This stitch is replicated in the flip-frill of a matching skirt.
Chintz & Spots work together in printed three-pieces covered in sequins and Stripes & Spots poke through lurex again a reference to artist Chad Wys’ work but with added SIBLING: if it’s spotted it needs sparkle.
Moving from the house to the garden, florals are highlighted. Hand crochet coats and perky skirts are covered with integral roses. Barbados Blue cardigans and Buttoned Split skirts have corsage blooms.
Bouncy leopard jacquards – a Sibling signature – are knitted in figure hugging yarn mixes shaped into a Cape Back dress or spring out as a Batwing from a tight mini. The same batwing shape, knitted in Blonde wool has a V of gold jewelry-spacers.
Sid Bryan’s signature oversized hand knits mutate the accessories and show pieces: Loopy scarves, a ¾ sleeve Loopy jacket in spearmint and a vanilla Loopy cape with matching A line skirt. Exaggerated Fair Isles become a dress, fluffed further with a knitted rib collar and cuffs stitched with strips of fox the same technique shown to full effect across the front of a jet black sweater.