For her debut season on the official London Fashion Week schedule, Edeline Lee is honing her techniques to create a fresh SS16 collection, using art as the main inspiration. Walking up the narrow stairs of the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, the small white rooms, which once supplied backdrops to theatre are spliced with colour.
In the main room five models are perched amongst the geometric wall designs, staring back as living art. Blocks of colour are twinned with patterned Flou Bubble jacquard then tailored into delicate two pieces, suits and light summer dresses. Lee took inspiration from the Ocean Park Series of Richard Diebenkorn, which is reflected in her A-line proportions and “juxtapositions of colour”.
In the next room, more models are displayed down a long corridor streaming with coloured ribbons. Patchwork and appliqued designs are stitched onto light jumpers and tweed denim-style jackets. Reaching the end, the final model appears to be at work in her studio, wearing a long white coat with blocks of salmon, acid yellow and black.
This collection reflects art in a delicate yet striking way. Relaxed proportions and loose fittings; this SS16 collection was made for a summer’s day.
Written by Gabrielle Kynoch. Images © Gabrielle Kynoch.