LFW AW21: Molly Goddard

ALONGSIDE her signature taffeta flounces, this season Molly Goddard presented a series of tartan pieces, matched with Faire Isle knits. A saccharine but delicious colour palette of clashing red and pink, acid green, cobalt blue and hot orange were splashed across ball gowns, jumpers and outerwear. 1980s silhouettes and punk injections of tartan coloured the collection: a classic Goddard mix of hyper feminine and offbeat cool.

The collection was presented via a film directed by Tegen Williams, and styled, like each of Goddard’s presentations, by her sister Alice Goddard. The models emerged from a cascading red curtain, as if onto a stage, and criss-crossed an empty room. Earthlings soundtracked the show with a funky blend of classical and techno sounds; a perfect rendering of Goddard’s simultaneous embrace and expansion of feminine imagery.

Womenswear and menswear were presented together, but retained familiar gendered silhouettes. Tartan and lurid knitwear traversed the boundary, but Goddard’s commitment to the feminine dresses (albeit layered over jeans with stomp boots) and masculine suits (tempered with ruffled shirts) recalls the eras to which her work pays tribute.

Her first collection built on the paraphernalia of a tween birthday party, and the combination of coiffed taffeta and lanky suit trousers echo mid-century dance hall imagery, spiked, of course, with Goddard’s flair.

Goddard, “quite fed up of seeing leggings and black puffa jackets for walks in the park”, notes that the “Pieces in this collection are for celebrating and enjoying”. The collection is crafted from Scottish-made tartan, British-made wool, and taffeta woven from recycled materials in Northern Italy, amongst other precious materials. She has produced a collection of “Long lasting, but spiced up wardrobe classics”.

by Connie de Pelet


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