Historical and literary references appeared throughout the collection; antique maps decorated a belted silk dress with kimono sleeves, whilst royal insignias were rendered across an ankle-skimming cloak. Historical cartography and hymn sheets were printed on trousers and dramatic flowing cloaks. Queen Elizabeth I’s famous Tilbury speech from 1558 was alluded to; inscribed both on fabric and on the faces of the models. Nayal’s interpretation of the ruff was a theme throughout the collection, from stiff and starched on a crisp cotton shirtdress to fluid printed silk tulle on collars and cuffs, or in asymmetrical white semi-sheer organza to emphasise a dramatic neckline.
The collection showed the brand’s signature elaborate craftsmanship and attention to detail interpreted into very wearable Ready-to-Wear pieces. Oversized shirting and menswear-inspired tailoring appeared alongside voluminous smock dresses and dramatic jackets and capes, delivering an intriguing injection of regal drama into this season’s London Fashion Week schedule.