Clothing that makes us reminisce our adolescence and pine for the imagination we had as children. This is what looking at, and wearing (no doubt!), fashion designer Annelise Armitage's garments feels like. The designers latest collection is the perfect example of having not lost the childhood ability to conjure fantastical costumes come wearable clothing; successfully injecting wonder and excitement into her pieces and consequently those who wear it.
Armitage's collection also showcases a more glamourous way of wearing winter knits pairing them back with sheer materials and eccentric embellishment. Scatted patches of pandas and other images that resemble a shelf filled with stuffed animals and plush toys may seem juvenile to some but looking at this lookbook and it's clean yet grungy aesthetic makes us think otherwise.
Beneath her collection of chic, tailored pieces it's apparent through Armitage's small design elements embedded throughout that she gives approval for the wearer to feel free enough to act like a child again. The warped shapes even make one recall an alien-esque quality not dissimilar to the fantasies we had as children of frolicking strange worlds and wearing extraterrestrial attire.
This exceptional eye for detail and story telling, as well as the bold colour pallet, gives this innovative collection a strong connection to the wearers past and the thoughts we should often revisit as adults.
Plus fashion is supposed to be fun, and Armitage nails it for us.
Words/ Jamie-Maree Shipton