Consistent with her established geometric-print aesthetic, Holly Fulton allowed folk art to inspire her Spring/Summer 2015 collection and the effect was gorgeous. A sleek silhouette that still allowed room to breathe and move formed the basis of her London Fashion Week presentation, and contemporary trends proved that Fulton was paying attention to what women are wearing. Her collection was filled with coordinated separates, midriff-baring, two-piece looks, relaxed trousers, princess-cut frocks, shift dresses, and midi-length skirts.
The proportions were perfect and so was the tailoring, which leaves in question the central thesis of the whole show: the prints and appliqués. The heavily researched origins of her searing, cubist designs found their roots in Japanese wool, the sculpture of Eastra by J. D. Fergusson, the dancers in Fred Daniels’ photograph entitled “Margaret Morris Dancing”, and colorful canal folk art of the 19th century. Fulton’s eye for pleasing symmetry and similar shapes produced a collection that was cohesive and comprehensive, despite the multitude of references that informed it. The way a loose maxi dress with monochrome folk art would later inform an off-shoulder dress decorated with crystals and harlequin checks demonstrated the carryover effect of the shapes and patterns she chose to work with. For modern, feminine fashion with an investment in elevating artful touches to stylish new heights, there are few in London doing it better than Fulton.
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