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LFW Chronicles: Edeline Lee

Edeline Lee AW 13

Edeline Lee AW 13

Edeline Lee’s presentation was held in Middle Temple Hall, part of the Inns of Court and one of London’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 wood paneled 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.

 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,  they gathered together forming a line, each of them curtsying in front of a standing one. The exhibition also involved apples and fake snakes, maybe referencing the biblical scenes of lost heaven . It was beautifully choreographed and performed, but it was also difficult to grasp the main message.

Edeline Lee AW 13

Edeline Lee AW 13

 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  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.

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