Le freak will always be chic. At Dice Kayek, Ece and Ayşe Ege seemed to be of two minds this season. The decadent hedonism of the dawn of the Eighties and the music of 19th century composer Edvard Grieg provided divergent trains of thought reflected in the giant mirrored ball hanging from the ceiling of the Arts Decoratifs.
Of course, the George Sand vibe that permeated from the tuxedoed androgynes twined these mismatched threads. An element of seductive glamour prevailed, highlighted by the reinterpreted smokings. Dresses flashed past, either encrusted in Swarovski like disco balls or flashing skin under layers of honeycombed lace. These inspirations worked best when coupled with the sculptural mores of the house.
A mutton-leg sleeve, despite its old fashioned reputation, was an origami folder's masterpiece. Subtlety reigned, from the gold and silver degradés of a cocoon coat, to the slash on the back of a frock coat flashing the pristine white silks below. Another example saw the coat cinched by design at the waist, its pockets becoming decorative flaps at the waist. Ultimately, there wasn't so much Studio 54 as Study in Black. The sisters certainly offered up some superb outerwear and tailored pieces, as well as the voluminous dresses that form the Dice Kayek signature. It caught the attention in the way only unusual beauty does, but this collection could have benefitted from more variety in its variations.