Lisbon designer David Ferreira fully embraced the freak with an AW17 show that was visually electrifying, from the fluttering feather head pieces, to the geisha heel stacked shoes. Your invite to The Freak Ball opened the door to a world of warped circus style fused with decadent carnival vibes. Big top colours of red and yellow appeared on dresses and trouser suits, and jesters, clowns, acrobats and painted ladies all seemed to get a sartorial nod.
Particularly striking were the ruffled and layered looks (note: the full length dress in shades of pink, red, blush and plum) and the use of crushed velvet and textures of satin in vibrant shades of gold and hot pink. The colours, textures and silhouette distortions were a constant surprise, keeping up a breathless tempo of innovative, out of this world aesthetic. Of course we loved the designs that used layers of coloured netting to build up a vast volume of 3D skirt or sleeve – the drama, the skill, the creativity, all perfectly on point.
And if you’re wondering why we’re suddenly all over the fur, it’s not – we checked. David uses Mongolian lamb, which is either sheared or a byproduct from food. He told us, “I decided to use Mongolian lamb because its natural texture and volume made it the perfect material to bring excitement and drama of my ‘Freakball’ muse.”