Jeff Garner merged traditional costumes with modern interpretations of courtly dress for a modest tale of romance. A collection perfect for the woman who is nostalgic for an era of noble knights and fairytale princess's.
This season, Prophetik began their autumn/winter (AW) 12 show in a very different way. Designer Jeff Garner presented a video from the Lawrence Anthony Foundation, documenting their goal to stop the ongoing poaching epidemic of rhinos. This reminded the audience of the philanthropic drive behind the label and their emphasis on using sustainable fabrics.
Following this, Garner revealed a rich narrative of courtly love. Influenced by Princess Grace who was courted by a noble gentleman, this collection was as light as its story. Soft peach, shades of pink and red took us to a distant era where ladies wore ball gowns. The romance of this collection came through reworked antique quilts. Prophetik’s final dress was crafted from peace silk, a vintage pocket watch, and black ostrich feathers (naturally shed of course).
Garner lost himself to a romance of a by-gone era. The dresses maintained an ethereal beauty, but it was hard not to feel that such costumes belong on the set of a period drama. However, Garner did remain faithful to a signature style that has become associated with a Victorian sensibility. High collars, floor-sweeping hemlines and a preference for modest dress. Garner’s collection was perhaps refreshing amidst the bold, brash and eccentric designs common amongst London designers.
The woman who has a penchant for romantic Renaissance dress will be seduced by Prophetik’s AW collection. With sharp tailored coats and shorter hemlines, this season Garner gives a modern interpretation of courtly dress. While Garner may offer us an escapist fantasy with his romantic designs, his philanthropic concerns bring a very serious reality to his work.