“One of the movies we decided would be a good starting point was ‘The Stepford Wives’ from the ‘70s,” Vilm said during a preview of the lineup. “We were kind of anti-inspired by it,” Lovett added.
“The idea of a dystopia — finding a way to get out of it with alternate endings with escapism. Ripping off the layers and textiles, re-manipulating them in different ways,” Vilm said of the collection’s mashup of colors, silhouettes and textiles. “That ties into the idea of ideal beauties and purity — escaping in a way that’s coming into yourself.”
On a technical side, Lovett explored liberation through a contemporary take on openwork, while exploring the use of traditional bridal trims, padded silhouettes, corsetry and silk organza. Garments ranged from corseted miniskirts and dresses with exaggerated hips, open-work tights, collaged tops and low-slung trousers, a sheer floral frock, padded jackets, myriad revealing bra tops and plenty of maximalist, quirky accessories.