We've come to expect bright Perspex, clear plastic, and geometric prints from Holly Fulton and her always-upbeat shows. This season, her muse was Noora Fox, the '70s singer known for her breezy style, a blend of folk and glam rock. As the show opened with a pale denim knee length skirt suit, we prepared ourselves for a more pared down collection from one of London's most fun designers. But with oversized colored sunglasses, side-swept disco curls, and oversized fan shaped clutches, the show proved to be anything but dull.
The color palette moved from chambray seamlessly into late-'70s/early-'80s small prints in lilac, white, and grey. Huge orange koi fish swam across wide silk trousers, and storks peeked out from beneath a gold fringe swing coat. Sweatshirts were printed with color blindness tests, and this pattern then merged into flowers, appliquéd over stiff silk coats. The true show-stoppers, though, were the cork pieces. Cork skirts, cork jackets, cork strapless dresses, all nearly invisibly indented with Fulton's signature patterns. Fulton took the '70s vibe one step further, still, with minidresses of mesh made from cork circles, with the odd huge crystal thrown in.
The shoes were by Swedish Hasbeens, silver and white sandals that decidedly resembled the Dr. Scholl's shoes we so loved circa 2001. Call it the Celine Birkenstock effect - we may all be wearing these next summer. You've been warned.