As if it wasn’t getting enough attention during fashion week, the city of London played a pivotal role in this collection, despite it being designed by Australian designer Geoffrey. J. Finch.
Typically the Antipodium aesthetic is one of laid-back Aussie luxury, in fact Antipodium has been kind of trading off a down under, down-time visual for seasons now. Yet this season, as the models walked down the BFC Embankment space catwalk, it was clear that Finch had looked to a smart, sporty London to inspire a collection which was bubbling over with great separates.
We are sure that the dramatic Eastenders closing ‘dum dum dum’ drums played through the minds of almost every member of the audience, as a print illustrating a serpentine River Thames snaking through London, underpinned the entire collection. The print was used with particular aplomb on a standout shirt dress.
A boyish vibe came through on plasticised, raglan bomber jacket sleeves and outwear; as a strong, camel Crombie coat, and a fur-lined, long-line bomber were teamed with simple skirts.
In fact raglan and contrast sleeves were used throughout, with Finch utilising a pretty interplay between colours and textures.
The palette was kept neutral, with black used across the collection, and Finch relied on his textures to create contrast - think velvet, the sheerest of cottons and voluminous wet look leather trousers.
Importantly this was a commercial and wearable collection, good news for Antipodium which is one of the talented on -schedule London designers who not only shows, but sells.