London Fashion Week: Claire Barrow SS16 for Noctis Magazine
Guys, we’ve got an unhealthy relationship with tech and this season, Claire Barrow wants us to know it. Welcome back to the dystopian world of CB: DIY aesthetics, scrapbook sketches and serious punk sensibilities. Dark and eerie, this season plays on the thoughts and fears of the modern masses – what the hell would we do if there was no more tech?
The Institute of Contemporary Arts was made a dark and mysterious place draped in silk and scattered with disembodied limbs for Claire Barrow’s enigmatic ‘Broken Machines’ collection, painting a world stuck in time and sat in darkness after the demise of all technology. The message? If that ever happened (god forbid), this is what we’d be wearing. No complaints so far.
Fighting back against the modern fixation with over relying on our man-made science, Claire Barrow SS16 also embodies the anxieties and fears that have been running through mankind for years and years. Much like the Victorian trepidation of regeneration and basically folding in on ourselves because we were finding out too much cool science shit, Barrow presents the very same apprehension in herself and her collection.
This isn’t a collection inspired by Victorian visuals though. It’s punk’d up to the max, everything you’d expect and want from Claire Barrow. There’s a chaos to Barrow’s sketches, a contrasting mash-up of colour choices. Despite this deliberate chaos and resounding illustrations suggestive of the human interior – there’s something loveably delicate about the nature of Barrow’s sketches partnered with the softer, floating fabrics. With our favourite looks being the split black and white trousers with the open gusset, the matching pink two-piece suit and the pink top with sleeves that kind of make you think about a Spanish flamenco dancer – this will be a collection that sticks with us for many moons to come when thinking about SS16.