The vision of a woman emerging from the waves has iconic status in art. Somewhere between a classical Venus and a modern day mermaid was Jeffrey Michael’s spring / summer 2013 girl. Presented at London fashion week (LFW), ‘From The Water’ took Michael’s signature triangle print and worked it 3-dimensionally across pieces in a way that felt like a futuristic representation of water and waves. Other literal renderings of the sea theme saw a bodice encrusted with shells and a near mandatory wet look hairstyle.
While Michael may have been musing on water and waves as a metaphor for rebirth and transformation, that’s about as far as his final piece – a dress with a bodice covered in butterflies – fit in. It felt like a tentative link, and the outfit was both too thematically disparate to the rest of the collection and too reminiscent of Alexander McQueen to seem a wise choice for inclusion. Still, the rest of Michael’s collection found just the right balance of creativity and wearability, and did justice to the grand space of the Goldsmith’s Hall the show was held in.
You can see all of the Jeffrey Michael spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Jessie Obialor