Sea shells, high-tops and ruffs make the Shrimps SS17 girl very intriguing.
Set amongst delicate, crystal embellished shell sculptures by Suzanne Beirne, ones even Ariel would be jealous of, the Shrimps SS17 collection evoked childhood innocence and playfulness, as well as a certain sense of something sinister, something not-quite-right. While a dainty golden hoop hang from each model’s left ear, a pearl and a tiny gold shrimp attached to it, although super cute, it also suggested something has interrupted the act of dressing up. As the deep sea is mysterious, so was the vibe at the Christie’s show space.
The shapes Hannah Weiland conjured up for this season were super girly, all prim and proper dresses, bows, (faux!) fur stoles, ruffles, shearling purses adorned with strawberries and silks printed with the designer’s lovable illustrations, which also appeared embroidered elsewhere. It wasn’t overly cutesy, though, thanks to the checked and striped fabrics in deep red, rich green, yellow and black, which added more of a graphic feel to Weiland’s feminine silhouettes. There also appeared to be a considerable last century influence, particularly evident in the high necks and ruffs, as well as a slight nod to the Amish communities through little silk hats covering the models’ heads as a sign of modesty.
The unexpected, yet genius, surprise was the footwear. While very ‘correct’ up top, on their feet, the models sported a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars, created especially as a collaboration with Shrimps for SS17. Four customisations of the classic Converse shoe, Weiland’s favourite since childhood, were presented, adding yet another layer of mystique to the new season girl. Not really a tomboy but definitely with a little rebellious spirit, she is definitely one we want to get to know better!