A Little Disco
Sibling remained true to their signature 80s style, bringing LFW a rainbow of punchy prints and glitter for AW16. The duo aimed to ‘give the world a little disco’. They seriously overachieved. The atmosphere in the Brewer Street showroom was electric, partly due to the heavy beats of a Kelis’ “Milkshake” remix ringing through the room, but mainly due to a collection ablaze with colour and charisma.
Do or Die
Sibling gave us some of their old time favourites: sparkly star nipple-covers, sheer sheath dresses and bodystockings (but in a delicate herringbone knit with glittery threads running throughout). The duo took an even more avant-garde approach to ready-to-wear this season. Hooded playsuits with low-rise hotpants were an ode to idol Grace Jones, coming in different poppy shades of lace-like knits and lurex. Prints were graphic 80s style: paint brush strokes in primary colours with smatterings of leopard print. The frequent contrasting of lilac and canary yellow was bizarre but striking. This combination was seen on loose knit chunky capes draped over models shoulders or trailed along the floor. Spiky yellow fringing edged along these billowy capes, tied round models ankles, or featured on exaggerated snood style headdresses. This Jones-esque knitted head-gear was tame compared to the glittery helmets dotted with stars, or the extra-terrestrial looking headphones.
The overall out-there appearance of the collection should not take away from what were some really versatile and wearable pieces. Silk, deep-V, wrap dresses appeared in a muted version of the bold prints in the collection. Tailoring was present in its loosest and most casual form, in inky blue shorts, a blazer, and cropped, straight-leg trousers. The genius knitwear variations were the best part of Sibling AW16: from basic cardigans and oversized jumpers, to blanket coats and knitted lurex cami tops. Wrap styles were both casual and sexy, particularly the paperbag waist midi-skirt, tied with an obi knot in such a way to reveal slithers of leg. This scarf belt was an accessory featured on nearly every look, perhaps an AW16 trend to watch.