What? Spijkers en Spijkers at London Fashion Week
Where? Il Bottaccio, Grosvenor Place
When? Saturday 17th September, 1.30pm
We had to venture a bit of a way off the beaten LFW track yesterday to get to the Spijkers show – but it was worth it. Not only is Il Bottaccio a beautiful venue, all chandeliers and white stuccoed ceilings, but this was a very well-executed and desirable collection.
Twin sisters Truus and Riet Spijkers took Queen Scheherazade of the One Thousand and One Nights tale as their starting point. You know how the story goes, big bad King guy takes a different bride and beheads her each morning, but clever Scheherazade tells the King such gripping, cliff-hanger stories each night that he chooses to keep her alive and, lo and behold, falls in love with her in the process. Using that premise, the backbone of the collection was a glut of silk dresses formed from black and white oriental geometric shapes in something called Penrose tiling, named after an English mathematician, Google informs me. Colour also came into the equation, delicately at first with powdery tones of jade, peach and rose, and later in punchy coral and violet. There was tailoring, too, but it was relaxed and hung off the shoulders rather in a boyish way rather than clinging to the body.
In spite of the occidental mathematical influence, the overall effects was decidedly 1920’s, thanks in part to the tassels that hung from the zig-zagged hems of those silky frocks. The flapper effect seems to have crossed the Atlantic from Ralph Lauren’s New York fashion week show, and it’s only going to get worse: Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby is due in cinemas next March so come 2012 I think all the high street stores will be jumping on the roaring twenties band wagon. I wonder if the Spijkers twins know this? If they don’t someone should tell them, because it’s a stroke of luck that could stand them in good stead next spring.