The Edeline Lee presentation is always my highlight of fashion week (see past shows in the blog archives HERE). This season was no exception, and definitely my favourite yet. Held at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, the clothes were shown through a series of vignettes directed by Josie Rourke. Models walked on stage as narrators Theo James and Rebecca Trehearn read out a series of quotes about women. They began as literary references and transitioned into feminist statements, creating a dynamic dialogue about the way we view and understand the idea of a powerful woman. According to the press release, the audience are ‘invited to consider female power, the potency of sensuality and the historical impact of the male gaze’. The collection looked enchanting under the spotlight. Bold, sharp tailoring in the form of jumpsuits and dresses exuded elegance and authority. In keeping with AW20’s climate change focus, Lee’s linings, interlinings and packaging has now been switched to sustainable alternatives. The fabrics are woven in France and Italy and each piece is handmade in England. It was a truly stunning show.
‘I sat down on the edge of a deep soft chair and looked at her. She was worth a stare. She was trouble… I stared at her legs. They seemed to be arranged to stare at. They were visible to the knee and one of them well beyond. The knees were dimpled, not bony and sharp. The calves were beautiful, the ankles long and slim and with enough melodic Kline for a tone poem.’ – Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep.
‘Men should think twice before making widowhood women’s only path to power.’ – Gloria Steinem.
‘Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.’ – Lady Gaga.
‘I grew up wishing for protectors, strangers to carry my bags, truck drivers to whistle out windows. I will never be feminine, and feminine in the worst way. Submissive. Dependent. Soft-spoken. Coquettish. I was no good at any of it, no good at being a girl; on the other hand, I’m not half bad at being a woman.’ – Nora Ephron, Collected Works.
‘I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.’ – Simone de Beauvoir, Tête-à-tête.