That much of 2012’s fashion will be influenced by a revival of 1920s fashion elements is no secret. What remains to be firmly understood is how we, as both consumers and influencers of fashion, will choose to wear and interpret the revival. The main conundrum here is that it’s only been a few short years since elements of ’20s fashion, namely flapper motifs, were in style – thus such a quick revival runs the risk of feeling instantly tired.
It’s this need for a new approach to both their own label and 1920s fashion that has led lingerie house Patricia Fieldwalker down a strikingly different path. While they continue to play to the delicacy and femininity of the lace, silhouettes and hairstyles that provide such strong iconography for the era, the lingerie house has opted to shun the glitz and the glam often associated with flapper fashion from the time. Instead their Black Magic look book collaboration with photographer Mike Lewis opts for a darker interpretation, one that fuses 20’s waves with the heavy shadows of the 20’s German Expressionism movement that would later lead to the Film Noir movement.
From black silk pyjamas and elegant flowing robes to lace-trimmed slips, Fieldwalker’s collection plays on vintage-inspired styles that convincingly fit with the noir theme of the look book.
For more of Patricia Fieldwalker’s ‘Black Magic’ series, as photographed by Mike Lewis, click on the thumbnails above.
Fragility framed by secrets in the dark (20 Jan 2014)