Inspired by Victoriana, Jiri Kalfar’s AW18 Collection presented a unique twist on 19th century silhouettes, with capes, corsets, collars, and separates in dazzling royal blues and golds alongside classic black lace. Models in bonnets and crowns referenced the folk-art influences of the designer’s past collections.
‘Return of the Queen’ was quite fittingly an unabashedly regal collection, with decadent royal hues and graceful silhouettes. AW18 saw a juxtaposition of folk-inspired textures and luxe fabrics in a bold colour palette of vibrant blues, pumpkin, and rose, amongst neutrals in opulent finishes.
Kalfar combined his love for the female form with masculine tailoring; an ankle-skimming suit covered in deepest azure blue sequins was nipped at the waist and paired with extravagant lace, and an oversized jacket with statement stripes thrown over the shoulders of a model in a shapely white corset and paisley print frock. The designer used delicate diaphanous fabrics juxtaposed with modest silhouettes, playing with concepts of lingerie as outerwear; simultaneously highlighting whilst concealing the body. The explosive show closed with Czech born supermodel Paulina Porizkova’s return to the runway in an elaborate sheer ballgown embellished in gold lace.
Kalfar’s glamorous take on zero waste fashion remains in keeping with the policy of the brand; with this latest collection, he again proves just how beautiful and luxurious sustainability can be.