I'd not heard much about Jeffrey Michael until this London Fashion Week. It was while queuing for the show held at Goldsmiths Hall in East London that I bumped into a friend who knew a bit more about his background. In fact, Jeffrey was originally a lighting designer and he did the lighting for a Gabby Young & Other Animals gig. Lucky for us fashion-lovers, the designer has extended his talents to designing clothing.
This season, the collection was inspired by 'a woman emerging from the waves and seafoam on the midnight beach'. Jeffrey was mindful of grace, poise and influenced by the women who embody those attributes such as Marilyn Monroe and Kate Middleton.
The collection was quite small, but the detailing was a big enough talking point to make up for it. The first few garments that came out were almost quite mainstream, chic, flippy, pleated skirts in shades of pink, but then came the corsets...
This was probably one of the most-standout pieces, with its two-tone look and 3D, architectural detailing.
The printed fabrics mirrored the 3D triangular shapes of the more statement pieces, tying everything together.
The finish and fit of this particular piece wasn't quite there. Perhaps the embellishment came at the expense of the rest of the garment's quality.
It wasn't until I got home and was editing my photos that I realised this bodice was embellished with shells. From a distance, it looked as if it were just woolen balls attached to the corset.
Definitely a designer to watch out for.