We all remember what it was like to go through our teenage years. The awkwardness of trying to figure out who you are, while transforming into an adult, it wasn’t the easiest of times for many of us. For their AW’15 collection design duo Palmer//Harding explored this time of a woman’s life, largely inspired by Julia Fullerton-Batten’s series  “in between” which depicts the turbulent years of adolescents.

The Palmer//Harding girl is going through a somewhat transition herself, from crisp white shirts that the designers are known for into a more mature sophisticated woman. The models wore their hair in braids in an almost crown like fashion, with berry stained lips and lightly blushed cheeks, evoking a feel of innocence and youth.

Some of the silhouettes gave the same feeling in the form of full pleated skirts, crisp white shirts layered over roll neck jumpers and monk strap shoes. This was juxtaposed against the more powerful looks such as the long capes and jackets nipped in at the waist. There was a lot of knotted silk fabric, either draped around the waist or around the neck. Abstract embroidery inspired by the work of Faig Ahmed, was placed haphazardly over dresses and coats and in a colour palette of dark blue, with hints of aubergine and white and black been very prominent throughout. It was a collection that showed the evolution of the brand and the empowerment of women.

Written by Michaela Hoyte. Images © palmer//harding.

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