Alice Edgeley’s Autumn/Winter 12 collection subtly references the anti-heroines and bad boys of the past across a range of impeccably tailored, refined pieces. Indie rock queens, preppy rich girls and cult 70s gang members are all saluted in a sumptuous palette of gold, rusty reds and vivid blues.
The collection, says Edgeley, was initially inspired by Sonic Youth. “I heard Kool Thing on the radio and I hadn’t heard it in so long. I watched the video clip and thought, ‘It’s so good, I want to make a whole collection like that’.”
Pure wool plaid skirts weave their way through a collection that moves between a punk-listening librarian and Kim Gordon-esque theatrical glamour. Alice expresses her fervent love of knitwear with clingy v-neck sweaters that reference the cardigans designed and worn by Sharpie gang members in the 70s. These knits feature designs that flow with the bold elegance of art deco lines, as do her long-sleeved t-shirts, which she aptly describes as “90s grunge tops”. A pale blue faux fur coat shimmers with the possibility of a thousand chartreuse-tinged evenings.
Such designs are sure to appeal to women who live their lives as if they are onstage. A slinky black wool jersey dress channels voluptuous forms and revealing ensembles recalling 90s pop divas. A crucifix dangling from a delicate silk neck ruff continues this theme, all the while exuding an opulent grandeur that is in keeping with Edgeley’s interest in history. Her skill in up-scaling playful styles using quality fabrics and fits comes to the fore in a black velvet catsuit and leopard print hourglass silhouette dress.
The collision of tangential influences results in a collection that unites all your favourite high school rebels in an after-school hangout where the rules are tossed aside. “Elvira meets the girls from Clueless and they all go behind the shelter sheds with the bad girl Sharpies and smoke menthol cigarettes,” Edgeley says.