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LFW: Antipodium

LFW: Antipodium

When a show begins with a sheer PVC jacket over a fish-counter blue shirt, I know I’m going to like it. As the show progressed we were even shown the brilliantly named ‘Eastenders’ print- made from a micro map design that traces the Thames from a birds eye view.

So far, a fish-counter and Eastenders’ have been mentioned in relation to the collection- not your normal fluffy fashion speak is it? This is because Antipodium’s designer Geoffrey J. Finch – a native Australian- was inspired by our ever humble East London. Not by the people of Shoreditch themselves (sorry guys) but by the somewhat illogical metropolis which resides in this part of town, the happy co-existence of pie shop next to atelier next to pub next to launderette next to cocktail bar. Drawing elements of this mixture alongside the social and political history of the area, Mr Finch senses an excitement and newness within the creative energy that resides here. It is to this end that his AW12 collection celebrates the individual, in their natural habitat.

The mix of paper-thin leather skirts, sheer panelled shirts and over the top faux fur jackets emulated this very essence- of illogical mixes that work harmoniously within the correct environment. When someone can make a great print from the outstretched wings of pigeons, they’re a winner in my book.

Words – Emma Hoareau

Photos – Kevin Chesnais

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