Clio Peppiatt SS19 London Fashion Week

In tinsel-tinged technicolour and saturated in clashing shades of acid greens, buttercup yellows, and candied sour cherry fuchsias, Clio Peppiatt’s SS19 collection referenced surrealist inspirations, from the works of Max Ernst to Salvador Dali, in an ode to the cult John Waters film ‘Female Trouble’. Sharp tailored pieces were styled with feminine frills and flounces in Peppiatt’s latest offering, blurring the line between reality and illusion with strong corseted silhouettes and embroidered serpentine coils on tactile reptilian jacquards.

Fabrics were textured and multi-dimensional, from luminous frayed taffetas and faux snakeskin, to lizard-skin jacquards and raw silks embellished with lavish beading an Swarovski crystals. Clio Peppiatt created unabashedly feminine fashion with an unconventional twist, balancing the playful with the camp and macabre. A full-sleeved chartreuse blouse with cascading ruffles was cinched by a multi-tonal reptilian pencil skirt in ultra violet, strategically frayed and slashed to the thigh, and embroidered with coiled serpents in shimmering metallic thread. In keeping with SS19’s animalistic motifs, heavily beaded corsetry was given the rock star treatment, paired with PVC snakeskin jeans, whilst sorceress queens and the occult were hinted at in lavish moons and stars appliquéd on a jet black calf length wrap dress. A mock-croc dimensional jacquard gave a contemporary twist to a brief mini skirted suit, and snakes slithered up trouser legs as bejewelled hand-embroidered cherubs fastened with pearl-topped pins like a beautiful voodoo doll to vivid raw silk.

A raw-edged hot pink pencil skirt with perilously high thigh splits was adorned with oversized crystal encrusted safety pins and paired with an OTT cowl-necked halter top dripping with sparkling rhinestones, a testament to Peppiatt’s vision of unlikely imagery and playful experimentation with scale, whilst merging the real and the surreal in a standout collection full of bright colours and vivid imagery, grotesque glamour and unapologetic decadence.

By Lucie Dhog. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.