To say that John Richmond isn’t for everyone would be to state the bloody obvious. After all, no fashion offering is universally appealing. But John Richmond’s particular take on fashion sits somewhere between rock star and glam – not glam rock per se, but the kind of fashion that will have some people turn their noses up at a collection without actually considering what it is. Each to their own. But for fall 2012, that balance between glam statement and the demands of a winter wardrobe became somewhat disjointed on Richmond’s Milan fashion week catwalk.
Thus the John Richmond fall / winter 2012 runway becomes something of an interesting case study. How do you attempt to understand a collection that offers up barely-there pieces alongside dreaded puffer jackets? Yes, successful designers should offer up products of all descriptions – that’s how fashion houses are built – but to do so on the one catwalk can leave it feeling a bit messy. Hence the need to cull and style the offering, showing only the pieces which belong to a collection’s core message.
So what is John Richmond’s core message for fall 2012? That the season is one that revolves around the noir and the gothic. From there you need only look to the designer’s runway and pick something for the occasion you’re planning, it has just about everything. If the sometimes brash style appeals, you need only take your pick.
You can see all of the John Richmond autumn (fall) / winter 2012 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 Imaxtree