Creatures of the Wind Heads to London
Last night in London, Creatures of the Wind designers Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier took over Spencer House for their first resort 2017 runway presentation. "This collection is called Harmonia, where different stories live well together," they said before the show. Classic elements like old-style prints and furs were mixed in with sportswear and funky accessories. The long mink gilet, for example, featured two side zips, so it could be styled in different ways, and a hand woven scarf was made of metallic wire. Delicate flowers embroidered on the parka jackets were taken from botanical patterns of the 17th and 18th centuries (perhaps from one of the books in the ancient wood paneled library of Spencer House itself), and took up to three weeks to complete. Some of the dresses were inspired by vintage wallpaper patterns, while bomber-style jackets were upgraded with mink collars. "With this collection we wanted to have something witchy and beautiful at the same time, and that's why we chose London and Spencer House to show it in," Peters and Gabier said backstage, showing off some fine sporty knitwear. All in all, the collection felt English with a contemporary touch, like the show itself, held in one of the finest surviving eighteen-century houses of central London (built by one of Diana Princess of Wales' ancestors), yet accompanied by live music from indie rock guitarist Christopher Owens. After the show, a dinner was held on the first floor, with the likes of Caitriona Balfe and Sophie Kennedy Clarke in attendance. Two long tables were decorated with simple flowers, arranged by Flora Starkey, in a style that recalled the embroideries on the parka jackets. Dree Hemingway wasted no time in stealing one from the racks backstage after the show and kept it on all night!