England-born designer Crystabel Getty launched her Afriqan Apeiron brand in 2012, showing in Tokyo for the first time this season. Her collection of batik clothes included cropped tops, long slit skirts and dresses in bold acid green, orange and turquoise hues. Many pieces featured trimmings in beads resembling gemstones.
Getty used elasticized ruching to achieve a skin-tight effect on several garments. The technique worked when done in moderation on, for example, the bodice of dress. But when applied to skirts and pants, the motif was unforgiving on certain body types. The more flowing numbers, like an A-line skirt and wide-legged pants, were more flattering.