It’s easy to see why London based designer Samantha Cole picked up the accolade of Best Womenswear Designer for her Spring/Summer 2009 collection at 2008’s New York Fashion Week. The collection is a master class in fabric sculpture, featuring striking silhouettes tailored from silk, cotton, organza and silk taffeta.
Reminiscent of Eyola, Samantha Cole’s collection shows influences of the detailing and opulence of the Edwardian and Victorian eras. However what I am particularly drawn to in Cole’s work is the aura of something darker, something more fantastical, like a surrealistic gothic fairytale.
If the shoot by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue was all about Alice in Wonderland, Samantha Cole’s Collection could be Alice Through the Look Glass, with its darker storyline and monochromatic themes of chess. In fact, if Tim Burton decides to make the sequel Cole could make a superb costume designer.
Noir fantasy aside, whilst the collection packs an impressive visual punch as a whole, individually there are some beautiful and very wearable pieces. I am particularly enamoured with the wide legged, large chequered trousers and the elaborately pleated jacket is just divine.
To view the whole collection and for more information about Samantha Cole visit www.samanthacolelondon.co.uk