Caitlin Power’s Fall 2012 collection was directional. She was inspired by science and technology, and it showed, making for a very strong outing. Gesturing at printed green and black shirts backstage, Power told me that she was influenced by biochemistry and, given the construction and materials that she used, the collection went in a very futuristic direction. One such material – a standout for Power – was neoprene, which she used for an unexpected t-shirt with trousers, and in an excellent motto jacket, cut, couture-like, away from the body. “The shape of the moon was emulated,” said the designer, in the shape of the jacket and also in a number of sheer shells that worked as overlays on bustier dresses. The effect was a kind of ethereal futurism.
The great thing about this collection is its wearability. Power confesses to being obsessed with tailoring and architectural details, and this season showed like high fashion workwear. But rather than the typical power suit, straight slacks were paired with silk shirts and metal collars by jeweller Ana Bogdanovic; pencil skirts were down in smooth black leather. Wearing black lipstick, the models looked like the types who eat men for breakfast. In the end, these are clothes made for strong, powerful, and very successful women – this is the image Powers had in mind when designing the collection. You know what they say: the clothes make the (wo)man.