LONDON-I was clued in to new-ish label Sister by Sibling last season in London, when they showed their first women's line. (A men's line, called Sibling, has been around since 2008.) Founded by trio Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, the label is known for its quirky/punky knits. And their fashion cred is pretty solid, since they've collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Galliano, and Lanvin (not to mention a slew of artists)--and also had their own Topshop line. So I was pretty excited to see the presentation, which did not disappoint.
Styled by Katie Grand, it was a visually exciting presentation. The models all wore sparkly gimp masks (for lack of a better description), topped off by pompom hats, and in case that wasn't enough of a statement, bright pink skull and crossbones with a Mickey Mouse ear motif adorned everything, as did a blue and orange cheetah print. The collection, called "Diamond Lil", was inspired by the movie Paris,Texas (specifically a pink angora dress worn in the film.) The line also did a collaboration with Barbie, in which she was styled with this season's looks. It all somehow made perfect sense to me upon seeing the collection.
I chatted with the three designers after the presentation, and Joe Bates told me,"We've been dying to do the women's wear, but we held off as long as possible. Buyers from day one were asking for it." They did a soft launch of the women's wear line for spring, a notoriously tough season to be a pure knitwear designer. But that challenge didn't faze Sibling. "We find those rules and constraints [of working with] just purely knits, makes it fun for us to meet the challenges of creating a full vision and a full whole collection, and to have the extravagance in there, and wearability and fun, all under the banner of 'knit'," Bates said.
I'd say they succeeded in spades. Watch for Sister by Sibling to hit your fave street style blog in the very near future.