Steven Tai by Sam Parr.
At a time when the high street has gone totally crackers for pleats quite a few Central Saint Martins graduating fashion designers decided to tackle the theme, with added oomph.
Steven Tai. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
Steven Tai delivered an extremely original and confident reinterpretation: models in serious looking wire-framed spectacles sported bulky pleats that called to mind the weathered pages of an old book.
Jake Wiseman (jumps up and down with barely contained excitement because this designer *actually has a website*) showed a seriously orange and quite 80s influenced collection that melded pleats with ruched layers and heavy draping.
Ondrej Adamek appears to have shown at Prague Fashion Week a few years ago. I suppose there could be two fashion designing Ondrej Adameks, but it seems unlikely and if indeed this is he then his style has developed in leaps and bounds: I loved this clever collection of fringed metallic pleating worn with silver strip bubble shoes.
Zi (Ji Yun) Kim didn’t show pleats as such but it was a similar look, relying on shimmering strips of fabric for effect. False trousers made up of taut strips began underneath shoes and stretched up to high waists, moving seductively with the models’ steps.
It seems that there is plenty of life in pleats yet…
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