Edeline Lee’s presentation was held in Middle Temple Hall, part of the Inns of Court and one of Londonâ€™s oldest edifices. The building was originally built by the Knights Templar as a school for lawyers and is still in use today, training students in advocacy and ethics. The place is not only impressive for its beautiful architecture and woodÂ paneledÂ halls , but also because of its ancient history. The solemn feeling of the location well suited the decadent mood and Baroque aesthetic of the collection.
Â At the beginning, the presentation recalled a boarding school scene, with some of the models practicing how to play the piano while others recited poems or rehearsed dance steps together. Then, suddenly, Â they gathered together forming a line, each of themÂ curtsyingÂ in front of a standing one. The exhibition also involved apples and fake snakes, maybe referencing the biblical scenes of lost heaven . It was beautifullyÂ choreographedÂ and performed, but it was also difficult to grasp the main message.
Edeline Lee AW 13
Â The collection itself presented simple shapes, clean lines and a monochrome palette with some occasional gold touches. Jackets and coats were embellished with black on white collars and thin belts, while the dresses Â were enriched with embroidered Baroque motifs, ruffles, gold sequins inserts and contrasting fabric details.The above mentioned Baroque mood was contrasted with pieces with a more severe feeling. The overall aesthetic was somewhere in between decadence, sensuality, lost innocence and austerity, but it partially lacked the decisive element of cohesion.