MERCHANT IVORY: Musician Florence Welch recently wore a bespoke silver skirt by designer Sophie Merchant on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. “We share a love of beautiful clothing,” Merchant said at her spring presentation, noting she, Welch and stylist Aldene Johnson have been collaborating for some years.
Merchant showcased her Merchant Archive collection, inspired by British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, in a moody short film by Olivia Beasley, screened at the new Soho House in London’s Dean Street. Its protagonists are depicted building a house on a beach, recalling Hepworth’s colony of artists in St Ives. Silhouettes such as silk shirtdresses with cone sleeves were designed with “roundness” to echo Hepworth’s sculptures, Merchant said. In addition to the screening, three actual looks were on display, including a circular skirt of scuba wool featuring a graphic seascape in ivory raffia and a suit of jade silk.