In the span of a couple of seasons, the design studio behind Sportmax has elevated it to a playground for experimentation.
This season’s theme hinged on a long debated psychological question: Do shapes have a sound? And what about the opposite?
Scientists say they do, hence the collection’s raver-inspired theme channeled into dissonant dualities of psychedelia and couture, of soft and hard edges, chaos and serendipity — the latter two terms spelled out on T-shirts.
What appeared as an attempt to build a theme around clothing ended up making sense as the show progressed, unfurling as a daring play on proportions.
Stretchy second-skin tops paired with column frocks in neon satin and psychedelic heart- and flower-shaped prints covered second-skin catsuits with a cape trailing on the catwalk as if it were a trippy red-carpet look.
A tad too experimental even within the context of the every-rule-is-turned-upside-down rule, a column brocade strapless frock and spiked bra top came across as distracting.
Even ‘90s partygoers with fashion flair can make a misstep.