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Kirrily Johnston ‘Apocolypto’ at RAFW 2010

Kirrily Johnston likes to play with the idea of people in tribes. While some labels often tend to reference more literal ideas of a certain culture (eg “Parisian chic” or “Grecian”), Johnston’s tribes are usually an imagined vision of what could be. As the title suggests, this time around her collection befits a race that has survived and thrived in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Her world is a place where the earth has fought back against modernity, where there is finally balance between nature and technology.

What does this mean for the clothes? Earth colours of clay, stone and red sit alongside ancient prints made graphically modern. Textured scarves are wound up and worn as turbans. Hair is roped into futuristic braids which reflected the woven fringing on some pieces. I like the movement that longline geometrically-printed robes leave in their wake. There was also a new line of basics (“KJ by Kirrily Johnston” released in July) to complement the more elaborate main line and many of the pieces are intended for unisex wear.

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