Reneging the traditional runway show at this year's fashion week, Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting of Twenty-seven names hosted an exhibition of photographs highlighting the fabric prints they have used for Winter 2012. Shot by Guy Coombes, model Ngahuia of N Model Management was dressed in the stripes, florals and block colours of the collection and sat delicately in front of back drops in the same cloth.
According to the press release the collection, Take Cover, is a celebration of counterculture. The idea of dressing to fit in - in the case of the photographs quite literally - with one's surroundings is an interesting contradition in terms: some people do this to fit in with the majority and some people wear particular items of clothing to nestle into a particular subculture - think flannel for grunge, safety pins and tartan for punk and the like. The portraits of Ngahuia eloquently discuss the contrasting ideas of conformity and individuality. And then of course there are the clothes.
The colour palette - mustard, mint and navy - is apparently lifted from Edouart Manet's painting 'The Balcony' (similarly to Rodarte's use of Van Gogh colours in their latest collection - oil paintings, apparently, are in) and has been utilized across the smock-like dresses, sheer shirting and culottes we have come to expect from the brand over the last couple of seasons. The cuts of the dresses - particularly the mustard one below - suggest a refinement of Twenty-seven names' design process and with such a strong thematic countenance we look forward to how the brand will marry idea, colour and cut next season.