For her show at London Fashion Week on Sunday, Romeril’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection exhibited strong verdant colours, a mismatched array of patterns and outfits made up of different textures.
Set in the Institute of Contemporary Arts, just up the road from Buckingham Palace, Romeril’s main inspiration behind her new designs was the work of photographer Jackie Nickerson, who recently did a photographic series on native African farmers in their work attire. The shots, taken in the natural grassy wilderness, highlight the raw and durable materials of the farmer’s clothes and the organic nature of their material. The frayed edging on hems, layering of garments and unvarying colour palette in Romeril’s collection reflect Nickerson’s work.
Her second inspiration came from photographer Viviane Sassen whose photo, entitled ‘Paradise Lost’, from which Romeril takes the name of her collection, features heavy leafy greenery. Sassen’s work is usually set with a backdrop of foliage. These aspects are replicated in Romeril’s collection by the stringent colour palette and bold palm – print pattern. Self- confessed lover of black and white, the singular addition of green to this duo of colours ties together the contrasting textures, rough edges and striking patterns to make an attractive collection.