sibling takes on the 60s pop for spring/summer 16
After the tragic, untimely death of Joe Bates, Sibling bounced back with a pop in a show dedicated to his memory.
Brigitte Bardot, Monica Vitti, Silvana Mangano and Jane Birkin: youthful starlets in the south of France were the inspiration for Sibling's spring/summer 16 campaign. But this was French Riviera chic through the prism of east London, and the array of leopard print on Sobranie cocktail cigarette pastels was served alongside whip stitched, see-through PVC, pom pom accessories and two-stripe sports socks.
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny crochet bikinis were worn with lace-up, clear plastic skirts and lurex sports jackets. A series of crochet evening gowns paired a deep V neck with a slashed thigh, and were complemented by kitten heels, PVC chain bags and headbands. There were colorful leopard pattern sequinned twin sets and two show-stopping opera coats with cascading layers of frills, one in clear PVC with crochet trims and the other in knitted pastel and black stripes with gold lurex trims.
Described as "the ultimate expression of Sibling" in the show notes, this was a playful but reflective collection that debuts just weeks after the passing of Sibling designer Joe Bates, to whom the show was dedicated.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans