28 September 2015

Fyodor Golan SS16

When the press team for Fyodor Golan sent out a fashion show invitation depicting an epic space battle between warring robots, it was impossible not to be at least the tiniest bit excited, even if such a concept seemed almost at odds with elegant womenswear. Following from last season's multicoloured collaboration with My Little Pony, the theme for SS16 takes inspiration from another of Hasbro's iconic toy lines - Transformers.

I shall admit that, in my boyish naivety, I may have thought the models would resemble a feminised contingent of Autobots and Decepticons (much like I thought the models for the previous season would be dressed in hoof boots, wings and rainbow hair), especially when the BFC had moved their show space to a multi-storey car park. Suffice it to say my childish fantasy was obliterated the moment the first look walked the runway, printed with roses instead of robotics.

That isn't to say there is no apparent influence. Metallics are prominent throughout the collection, as well as the bright colours of the original Transformers toy lines. And geisha-inspired shoes and silhouettes suggest a nod towards Transformers' Japanese origins. Seeking inspiration from a brand of toys aimed almost solely at a male consumer would have been a challenge, but Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman have achieved balance with the femininity of their designs.

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