"An undercurrent of exoticism and sexual adventure" was the driving force behind John Richmond's fall/winter 2015 women's collection, which combined a slew of clashing sartorial techniques, patterns and rock and dance references.
There were hints of the seductress, the ballerina and the futuristic heroine in the collection whose strong point was evening wear: exuberant tulle-skirted, beaded-bodiced, masquerade party dresses, Chinese porcelain-effect sequined and embroidered red and royal blue evening gowns and sleek monochrome suits for red carpet or cocktail party wowed the runway.
Elsewhere, deconstructed kimonos, burgundy-tinted super-heroine bell sleeves and peak cut bustiers and matching killer heels and treacherous lace-up booties showed the Richmond woman's evil side.
More commercial items were sectioned off in the outerwear section: rain coats and military green, fur-lined parkas gave the Richmond collection a more everyday, no fuss aspect.
Richmond himself has a penchant for feminine punk, rock star looks, but if one takes a keen look inside the collection, they will notice his attention to detail — the embroidery, the hand-sewn sequins and the signature Italian leather craftsmanship — that goes into his collections.
This season, in terms of themes, though, he was "mixing it all into one page of the John Richmond scrapbook." In the end, a bit too much of a mishmash for the public to gauge the nostalgia in this collection.