INSPIRED by the hypnotic art of Hubert Duprat, 16Arlington‘s creative directors Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati look at the theme of entrapment for their AW21 collection. Looking specifically at Duprat’s series Caddis, which explores Caddisfly larvae as they nestle into their protective cocoons made from gold leaf, opals, corals and diamonds, the collection brings back its opulent extravagance and elegance that was put on pause during lockdown, but this time with the twist of keeping it tied together.
Using the example of a butterfly in a bell jar, the AW21 collection highlights layering from cascading ruffles to webs of crystals embroidered onto evening gowns and brocade floor-length coats. From fiery oranges, reds and enamels to cobalt and baby blue, pencil skirts are given an injection of modern romance by crafting it out of patent leather and dresses are made from velvet to hint at the winter months.
In true, 16Arlington style suiting is finished with feather trimmings and waistlines are inching lower on the body to hint at the newfound freedom we are hopeful later on this year. Oversized collars, crocodile finishings and OTT crystal jewellery is making their mark as Capaldo and Cavenati return to their love of full glamour.
Though the collection celebrates the clothes and accessories we have had to shut away in our wardrobes for the past year, the collection doesn’t jump too far forward in the welcoming of the returning back to the normal. The theme of entrapment is still evident and shows how the designers are still mindful of the world they are presenting this collection in.
But, if this collection is anything to go off, I will keep my fingers crossed that we can party in feather dresses next winter.