Summary: Something has definitely woken the child inside Ashleigh Verrier for her Spring ’09 collection. Though the title "Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience" doesn’t bring to mind children with its William Blake reference, Verrier’s interpretation of the theme conjured childishness with its fairytale inferences. From Alice in Wonderland to Hansel and Gretel, the idea of innocent children on the verge of experiencing something sinister was translated with bold colors, extravagant crystals, and nature-inspired appliques– "Fallen nature makes an appearance in charming frocks, smocks, skirts and gilets fit for a tea party." From the first bubble-gum pink look, the tone of the show was clearly playful. There were virgins and princesses followed closely by "poisonous fish" and "toxic butterflies." Overall, the details made it a fun show for viewing but, though the collection attempted to find an edge, it was all a little too pretty, pretty princess for me.
Color Palette: fuchsia, mulberry, mauve, carnation pink, coral, magenta, blanc, melon, persimmon, slate blue, cornflower blue, dove grey, stormy grey, indigo, midnight, ivory, mushroom, noir, tawny
Fabrics & Textures: Swarovski Crystal, taffeta, organza, linen, chiffon, cashmere, cotton sateen, charmeuse, canvas, pansy print, metallic linen, satin, crinkle chiffon, vinyl, cotton voile, lace
Key Looks: Aquamarine Merriweather ruffle chemisier with indigo lace little blue riding hooded jacket and midnight cotton sateen poisson mini skirt, black silk taffeta Aurora halter dress with Swarovski crystals, Mulberry linen fleur jumper with Swarovski cystals
– Hayley Wells
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