“We are perfect because of our imperfections.”
Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, the designers behind the London based womenswear brand were inspired by “a love of human stories and rejecting the idea of the perfect human form.” Making reference to artist Hans Bellmer’s mutated forms, which were created as a rejection of Nazi Germany’s ‘cult of the perfect body,’ the duo set out to redefine conventions of our idea of beauty. Models varied in ethnicity, physique and gender and some had visible disabilities.
Following their SS17 collection, the collection’s palette was dominated by dark colours at the start: black, navy, deep reds and burgundy. It then cut to silvers and black tape before finishing with more autumnal colours of mustard yellow and salmon pink. Show-stopping dresses with draping bell sleeves and uneven hems were paired with cage heels. The show featured a soundtrack that incorporated extracts of Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, as well as her critique of Donald Trump when he appeared to mock a disabled journalist.
Teatum Jones explored their signature shapes and reconstructed them, moving playfully towards shapes that were both awkward and imperfect. Elegant, modern, and accessible for all, the collection was empowering and celebrated diversity.