At the Freemasons Hall /Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
After being in John Galliano's final three for Fashion Fringe and having won “Best Women’s Fashion Designer” at New York Fashion Week 2008, Palmer's latest collection had to be nothing short of a knitwear climax.
And a woollen ejaculation, that it was.
In keeping with her previous collections, bat-like and bold, “INTO THE VOID” presented us with structured knitwear pieces slashed to bodies, launching themselves onto the runway.
With attitude more aggressive than her Scottish heritage, Palmer's vision of structure screamed empty space though simultaneously rich with texture, pattern and designs of character and embodiment.
The pieces, although sculptural, hard and raw, impersonated feminine intelligence, with fabrics of lambs wool, fine silk and metallic colours with such a presence that the catwalk became less of a walkway and more like the Stampede of the 30 ft Women!
Inspired by Gustav Mesmer (a Victorian eccentric who chased the dream of man learning how to fly) Palmer's distorted approach to her knitwear captured the sublime, psychotic and deliciously delusional attitude of Mesmer through various cuts and shapes that resembled monochrome birds of paradise. All of this, through the rousing use of “polyhedra knitting” transforming both the clothes and show into that of a new magnitude.
Alice Palmer kept in touch with her previous collections while bringing a new dynamic to her avid followers with her latest AW2011 show. Titillating, tantalising and toying. So thanks to Palmer purl up with a good yarn, knitwear is going to be on form for seasons to come.
Have a Look at Palmer's website: http://www.alicepalmer.co.uk/ALICE_PALMER/index.htm.html
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