DAVID FERREIRA. MERIT AWARD. AW16.

Fashion Scout’s Merit Award is often given to designers who ruffle the fabric of conventional design. Explosive, colourful and bold in form, David Ferreira hit the criteria with feathers, shimmering fabrics and volumptuous forms. The colour palette was vibrant yet kept to a strict triad of red, pink and white. The mingling of the colours differed with each design: in one piece, pale pink feathers formed the back of a gilet while a warm, lollipop-red formed the front. While some of the fusions of texture and colour could feel sickly-sweet, designs using white as the canvas but red and pink to embellish were imbued with subtle playfulness.

Movement on the runway always heightens the dramatic atmosphere of fashion shows and David Ferreira’s feathered patches were definitely powerfully hypnotic as they rose and fell softly. The models appeared like elegant ostriches who’d taken a bath with fizzy, colour-popping bath bombs. On one stunning, horizontally pleated red gown, the feathered area formed an extra layer, predominately around the back so it looked like it was edging its feathered fingers across the dress.

Diagonal colour blocking, red beads and boldly tacky sequins gave the collection a childlike nature, that kind of magical, wildly imaginative play with material and colour that you see with children’s arts and crafts. That’s not to say David Ferreira’s pieces lacked grace. Indeed, the fusion of fun with sleek, bold forms and clean white hinted at a new kind of opulence: one which is sprinkled in untamed, unapologetic sweetness. Having worked for Iris Van Herpen, Giles Deacon and Meadham Kirchhoff, it’s not hard to see where Ferreira gained skills creating extravagant forms with wild flutterings of detail.

Written by and images © Daniella Golden.

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