When I first watched Twin Peaks, I was compelled to do two things: 1. Wear the only plaid skirt I owned every day for a month, and 2. Frequently pop out for donuts. Not so for designer Joseph Turvey, however, who instead created an entire AW16 collection inspired by the visionary show. (We can’t all be creative types, alright?!)
The collection injects a Lynchian twist into Turvey’s trademark sportswear silhouettes and innovative use of textiles. Graphic illustrations are splayed across oversized sweatshirts and crisp white tees – here, a pensive Special Agent Dale Cooper; there, a menacing sketch of Bob to haunt your dreams – whilst central motifs such as chevrons and mountain ranges receive a subtler nod from appliqued bomber jackets. Turvey explains, “Twin Peaks is my absolute favourite TV show. The amount of iconic imagery and references extracted from it makes this show and all of David Lynch’s work a dream to work with.”
For AW16, Turvey follows the precedent set by his SS16 collection by continuing to eschew the gender binary; he presents luxury sweaters, denim embroidered overcoats, digitally printed applique pullovers and wool melton embroidered bomber jackets all free from restrictive gender designation. He tells us, “I want to design collections that can be accessible across genders. I think we are at a time where clothing is becoming less about gender and more about voicing personal identities regardless of gender.”
So to sum up: Joseph Turvey watches Twin Peaks and produces an entire collection that captures the show’s sensibility without resorting to derivative knockoffs of Audrey Horne ensembles. I watch Twin Peaks and draw a beauty mark under my eyebrow for a week. Cool.