Anya Hindmarch’s staggering vortex show set — complete with a luminous, cantilevered lid and a sliding staircase bifurcating the void — could actually get you excited about handbags.
Models spiraled up and down the gleaming white whirlpool or whisked around its perimeter in colorful Neoprene coats in cocoon or bathrobe shapes. These were the secondary backdrops, bearing as plastrons or collar details the same geometric leatherwork tacked onto the leather goods. This leatherwok was achieved without any stitching, according to the show notes.
The spectacle, titled “Circulus,” was impressive and summoned the right retro-futuristic mood to exalt Hindmarch’s hero product. Tearing a page from the Fendi playbook, she decorated many of her satchels with dangling fur pom-poms and Rubik’s-cube-like leather charms. There was also a whiff of Marni in the vaguely Sixties, naïve geometry reminiscent of printed circuit boards.
No matter: The bags were crisp and as enticing as candies. Hindmarch’s new Stack style, sandwiching multiple zippered pouches, brought to mind licorice.