palmer//harding womenswear, spring 2015 – by Silvia Bombardini

Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,


There's something to be said about a thoughtful location – not just a majestic one, although all things considered majestic ones do often tend to do the trick – but one that was looked for, selected carefully, to mirror the feeling, message and mood of a particular season. With its low ribbed vaults and practiced, secular balance, Lincoln's Inn's undercroft chapel did just so, hosting today the palmer//harding show. A show whose theme, in fact, was time itself – in a setting that reminds me a bit of certain churches back home, or the one visited by Eugenia and Gorchakov, at the very beginning of Tarkovsky's Nostalghia. It's a subject, in fashion, of a curiously paradoxical nature: we wistfully long for timelessness, yet seem intent to march against it with seasonal rush at the earliest opportunity. For spring 2015 though, Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding have built a collection that celebrates change, embraces age, rejoices, in the passing of time. A seasoned metaphor but still the most apt, is that of the rosebud that blooms in the springtime: like petals, chiffon, crepe de chine and gauze unfold, weightlessly tremble, ruffle and peel, dipped in progressively vibrant floral hues. A devor