Guests arriving at Jeff Garner’s ‘Prophetik’ opening show were greeted with full frontal fantasy, the vision of a golden-haired model in a sweeping, richly coloured patchwork gown straddling a horse in front of the renowned Thomas Goode & Co South Audley Street House. The dress, which would later appear on the catwalk, featured an array of fabrics and colours from a deep earthy burgundy, through to gold, extending to the palest iridescent green, setting the tone for what was to come.
Down the Rabbit Hole’s ethereal dreamland extended beyond the catwalk, inviting the crowd into a dining room glistening with crystal glasses, gilded crockery and delicate glass candle holders twisting into dainty yellow rosebuds. The collection of dinnerware was carefully chosen from the Prophetik x Thomas Goode & co collaboration to perfectly offset the show.
The collection displayed a variety of traditional Victorian inspired silhouettes. Impressions of structured petticoats hinted through soft linen and silk overskirts, while others were heavier, dominating the room as they swayed along the candle lit dining table that made up the catwalk.
We were eased in and out of a certain provocativeness as sweeping skirts became sheer trousers and bodices with ruched puff shoulders and sleeves became tighter and corset-like. Swathes of silks cut across one another in sweeping motions emphasizing the depth of the garments, while others featured lengths of uninterrupted colour that had been gathered into pleats and folds or embellished with delicate lattices. Each of the hats balanced atop the model’s heads completed the personality of the looks, from mischievous to mysterious.
The show’s intention of bringing natural dyes into the spotlight was conveyed beautifully through the rainbow of colours on display. The overarching colour palette combined with plant-based textiles ensured a romantic and bohemian atmosphere while still maintaining the more eccentric influences of the mad hatter’s tea party.