Travis Taddeo began his presentation on Friday, like many others this season, with a short film. He called it “Generation Doom” – his muse was a woman who knew the world was ending, but would nonetheless keep on fighting. I’m not going to lie, what with the double digit temperatures and sunny skies, this March fashion week has felt more like June. Whether this is a blessing or early effects of an approaching apocalypse has crossed my mind more than once.
Taddeo’s collection, in theme at the very least, felt very relevant. Also like many other shows this week, the fabric of choice was leather. Leather in black, red, white and a few pops of metallic silver, colours inspired by an atom bomb, so the film told us. Taddeo made slightly different use of the ubiquitous material with lose fitting pants that had a sweatpant crotch and waistband. Comfortable leather pants – now there’s a novel idea. There were also a number of beautiful grey suede pieces: a shift dress, a skirt suit with a bomber jacket rather than they usual blazer. Where some of Taddeo’s cotton and jersey dresses looked a bit too American Apparel, the suede stood out as rich and luxurious. Some really sumptuous red fox fur bedecked the last few looks, the best being a bright red leather motto jacket with voluminous fur sleeves and lining. This girl may not be able to survive the apocalypse, but she sure is putting up a good fight.