Amelia’s Magazine | Sister by Sibling: London Fashion Week S/S 2013 Catwalk Review

Sister by Sibling S/S 2013 by Antonia Parker

On the Saturday morning of fashion week I cycled to Somerset House. It was such a sunny, cool morning that I couldn’t help myself. Despite sitting outside the main courtyard for a breather for nearly thirty minutes, I still arrived at the Sister by Sibling salon show sweatier than the Editor-in-chief of French Closer. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me at the moment, I just can’t stop bloody sweating. I’m just saying.

Sister by Sibling S/S 2013 by Krister Selin

Anyway, the queue for this hotly anticipated show was enormous and as I stood dabbing my brow I wondered how we were all going to fit inside the tiny Portico Rooms. I managed to find a so-so spot to stand in as the photographers began blocking the entrance. The room was already full, a good percentage of guests modelling this season’s marvellous leopard print numbers. Last minute guests, including my favourite woman (Dame) Suzy Menkes barged in as the show was about to start.

There’s nothing like a bit of dayglo and some X-Ray Spex at a million decibels to wake you up on a Saturday morning. This collection, wonderfully titled ‘Warriors in Woolworths‘, had all the aspects we’ve come to love and expect from Sibling; I was in no doubt when the first model popped from behind the screen that I was going to love everything I was about to see.

Sister by Sibling S/S 2013 by Antonia Parker

Said first model appeared in a white sweater with Sister paint logo daubed across the front and a white ruffle tutu skirt. This was accessorised with the only item you can accessorise a white ruffle tutu skirt with: a full-on lace face mask.

Next came a crocheted top and skirt, complete with ruffles and cap, shortly followed by a pair of white ruffled knickers – but all this white wasn’t fooling me. I knew there’d be some colour pretty soon, and before I could say ‘oh sure’ the colour came coming. Flashes of hot pink, baby pink, yellow and dayglo green appeared on floor length straight-up-and-down no nonsense dresses with matching cardigans.

Crew neck, short-sleeved jumpers and baggy cardigans reminded me of those my grandmother used to wear, expect hers weren’t in illuminous green or embellished with glitter to form reverse skulls. I don’t remember them like that, at least. I much prefer these. A polo-neck dress in green leopard print was a particular favourite, as was a black number with vibrant but delicate flowers splashed all across it.

Punk never looked so fresh.

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Illustration of a feminist icon on a paper place at the Rachael House Feminist Disco.

Now for the best of the rest that I saw on a quick whip around the Cambewell College of Arts MA shows: The MA Designer Maker Visual Arts displayed some wonderful works in a room titled Making_Makes_Me_Me, thumb an apt title given the theme of the new V&A Power of Making exhibition.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Chieh Ting Huang
I was immediately drawn to the work of Chieh Ting Huang, buy more about who had grouped together The P Objects in semi darkness. His lighting was inspired by the lantern designs of both east and west, and the taming of fire as the cornerstone of humanity. Capturing the fragility of paper shades within elaborate wood cages, his lovely lights took on the appearance of glowing crystals.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Yaqi Zhao
I liked the playful slip designs of ceramicist Yaqi Zhao, splashed across wide shallow bowls.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Rachael House
Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Rachael House
Upstairs the MA in Fine Art was experiencing a takeover from Rachael House‘s Feminist Disco, dedicated to, erm, feminism – with particular reference to musical feminist icons such as the late lamented Poly Styrene.

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Rachael House was busy playing classic tunes on her miniature decks, whilst visitors were invited to create their own feminist icon on a paper plate. ‘I didn’t want it to be all about me,’ she said. ‘What does a feminist look like?‘ enquired a square plate, and it seemed plenty of people, young and old, male and female, were willing to respond to her engaging interactive artwork.

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To top it all off the Hackney Secular Singers (a punk choir that I used to be part of) gave a rousing half hour acapella set of favourites, including Poly’s great song Germ Free Adolescents.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Hackney Secular Singers
YouTube Preview ImageGerm Free Adolescents by X-Ray Spex

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Max Strasser
I was also attracted to the Fortean Times inspired ephemera of Max Strasser.

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