1205 Review Fall 2015 RTW

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Designer Paula Gerbase has kept a matter-of-fact design approach to her label 1205 ever since she began in 2010, injecting London’s often-fussy fashion scene with a minimalist menswear bent gleaned from her time on Savile Row. Beneath the lush foliage of the Barbican Centre’s Conservatory building today, she paraded her fall 2015 collection to the sound of live drumming, a constant thudding that drummed home her repetitive exploration of elevated workwear and lounge shapes—the kind of unassuming garments that reframe femininity with an austere and refined “plainness.”

In her notes, Gerbase called it “a study of the language of adornment” and “the philosophy of decorative thinking,” two rather deep propositions that whispered quietly throughout her textures and treatments. Neither suggested direct embellishment, instead hinting at the complexity of the ribbed knits that became tiered, roll-neck tunics and pleated culottes, and textiles like checked wool or a crunchy, lightweight polyester that she cut into mannish Saharan-esque jackets and mackintosh coats.

The former cinched with a drawstring, creating an hourglass figure that returned with wide, high-waisted trousers, yet was lost elsewhere in the boyish proportions of a navy corduroy blazer and a gray felt boiler suit traced with utility details. Breaking the trailing symmetry of more monastic looks (a bibbed white shirtdress was positively pilgrim), dark gray bouclé added nubby warmth—closing the show with a series of lopsided mélange shift dresses, upon which circular brooches gathered a soft drape at the waist or shoulder.​


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