SAMW AW17 - Jenevieve Lyons
The third story.
Words like “artist” and “storyteller” are often used to describe Jenevieve Lyons’ work. Her AW17 collection was the third novel of a trilogy that began with AW16’s Macula, followed by last season’s SS17 Deferential, and concluded beautifully with this season’s de·frag·mented [undated]. Book three was a mashup of the two that came before, it’s layered immaculately deconstructed pieces bringing to mind the work of greats like Thom Browne and Rei Kawakubo.
In her show notes, Lyons refers to the collection as “a transitory experience of riddles.” Decoding the a Lyons riddle is usually best attempted by understanding her play off opposites: there was a familiar element of past collections, dissected and reinterpreted in an unfamiliar way. Like art, these clothes can tell many stories, and the viewer has the luxury to interpret their own message. The collection firmly cements Lyons as one of the most consistent and intellectual design talents in the country, and makes one utterly curious to see what story she will tell next.
The Look: Familiarity in the unfamiliar.
The Key Piece: The longer-length multi-panel top.
Accessories Game: Board and leather glasses, and leather sandals.
We’ll fight for: The multi-panel top. (Below, centre.)
Where to Wear: Somewhere you’ve never been before.
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