Every once and a while a designer or collection comes along which challenges the social norm through which we perceive fashion. Roberta Einer is one of those rare gems who creates three-dimensional pieces of art which put the flat and lifeless t-shirts observed in every mall and seen on every conformist to shame. Why should fashion remain so flat and lifeless? More importantly, why do we continue to obsess over minimalism and how are some people bestowed with the ability to discern between one white t-shirt and another? Criticisms aside, I am in awe of Einer. This emerging designer has created clothing with a real raw energy about it. Ask me time and time again, which collections have the greatest impact on me and I am guaranteed to reply a graduate collection. There's a true sense that the designer, no matter what their circumstances has nothing to lose in terms of reputation and credibility within the industry. While this is not a graduate collection, it is experimental and free-flowing. As a result, there's this brilliant sense of liberation in Roberta Einer's work, and her Sping 2016 collection is as good as it gets.
For Spring 2016 Roberta Einer turned the American trope of a cheerleader and turned it on its head. Not in a creepy Twin Peaks way, but with more intense colour and bomber jackets made of tweed and decorated with hand-stitched silk patches. Again, if ever there were a collection to turn me off nasty, cheap mass-produced clothing, this would be it. There's an incredible amount of detail and the moodboards and imagery which inspired Spring 2016 are simply breath-taking. There's every chance I swooned over the closeups of the swatches and having a glimpse into the techniques incorporated in the creation of those spectacular bomber jackets. While they were somewhat masculine, the slip dress is undoubtedly one of the other important components of this collection. With hindsight we know one of Einer's strengths is a sensationally over the top slip dress, but it's always interesting to observe how certain pieces evolve over time with a designer.
It's always difficult to choose what piece I would love to own from such a strong collection. Although I don't really love wearing off the shoulder tops, there's an amazing piece out of Spring 2016 featuring stitched circles and the word 'Lucky' in hot pink and diamantes. To most, that would seem childish and downright weird to wear but as a general rule of thumb I try and buy pieces that I can't get anywhere else. It's unlikely there'll be another piece quite like it and I haven't stumbled across it on eBay yet (not for lack of trying, I can tell you). I also happen to have a soft spot for statement jackets, with a few silk bombers already gracing my closet. Don't get me wrong, I love that they're lightweight and easy to wear, but I also yearn for the weight and feel of a solid jacket on my shoulders. There's some sense of security wearing a piece which is both beautifully made, but also a protective barrier from the drudgery of the outside world.