Many fashion folks would agree that the fashion show format for showcasing a designer’s collection can become a bit repetitive. Fortunately, Teddy Willoughby, the promising designer behind Bland, obliterated the runways setup by staging an artistic performance to present his spring/summer ’09 collection.
Titled The Miraculous Conception of Mr. Beast, dancers moved to cacophonous music with poetic movements from ballet, modern dance and unpredictable gyrations reminiscent of voodoo rituals. The clothes they wore were just as eclectic. There were wearable pieces such as the black dress with a short tiered skirt, cropped jackets and randomly ruched tanks. Willoughby’s design spirit was particularly infectious in the mixing of unexpected materials such as silk and VHS ribbons on the skirt in a dress.
Even though the show was late at 9 pm, watching the frenetic performance was a welcome sensorial jolt, reminding us that, despite the commercial constraints on fashion has these days, there’s still room for this high level of creative expression. If you don’t believe us, watch the video here.