“My baby don’t need a song. My baby won’t sing along,” The rebellious lyrics of SOHN’s “Hard Liquor” blared in Saint Cyprian’s Church as Sharon Wauchob sent out her second collection since her move to London.
Citing American fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville and the undiscovered areas of Versailles as inspiration, the mood was slightly darker than the dreamy clothes she sent out for spring. High shine in lace and velvet, sequins and patterns galore were all part of the offering. “I think it was a continuation from last season and I just suppose I felt it’s a new story here in London,” Wauchob said backstage. “It was more just exploring who the woman is that I’m working for.”
Seventies style floaty dresses with neck scarves were done in a burgundy and white peacock print, while French lace hooded dresses in a soft lilac, layered over shirts and trousers, captured the ethereal nature of Turbeville’s imagery.
French lace was hand-pleated in London into loose and flowing skirts and dresses that fell to calf-length. “I felt that reworking something from France when I am here seemed right, seems to make sense,” she said. “There was a mixture of English and French fabrics actually, which was new for me.”
One mannish English tweed overcoat got a glam-rock makeover with hand-sewn silver sequins covering the original fabric. Trousers came either loose to the floor, in high-shine velvets of bright golden yellow or scarlet red — or crisp white, ballooning to the ankle and tied with a knot, leaving the excess fabric covering the shoes.