Running with the secondary theme of the season, ornithology (N.B. Manish Arora, Ingrid Vlasov), Steffie Christiaens created a collection of hidden depths and powerful imagery. Feathers featured repetitively in skirts and dresses but differing from the other designers, beauty and femininity is juxtaposed with futuristic shapes. Perspex glasses, blue lips and oversized metal jewellery transformed the Christiaens girl into a mystical alien from my private directors cut of Space Odyssey 2001.
After reading a few bloggers comment on this collection, it seems the overriding image that remains is a likeness to the style Lady Gaga. For me, I feel the collection is far more subtle and elegant than this association emplies. Once you look past the dramatic layers of mesh and metal, which in itself is intriguing, the more delicate elements can be seen.
The stalactite-esque white mini-dress manages to bring an 'I've just stepped out of a bubble bath' innovation and balances simplicity with intricacy perfectly. Although it stands apart from the rest of the collection, the 1950s inspired bikini in mustard yellow is a real highlight, wrapped across the chocolate skin of the model like silk. My favourite dress of the collection has to be the other white minidress, made with a raw, stiff, iridescent fabric which created swirls I can only liken to the eye of a hurricane.