Studio Judy Wu AW/17

Studio Judy Wu AW/17

Judy Wu is becoming a firm favourite at XXY, not only because of her beautiful construction and fabric choices, but as an activist for women and women’s rights. Judy stood this season with the hashtag #FeminineStrengthJudyWu and spoke of an uncertainty with the changes in the world over the last year.

We’ve written before about our strong views on feminism, and from a proudly female team, we applaud anyone who takes centre stage to represent equality and further the discussion in different ways.

There were no emblazoned logos or models holding signs, but a silent powerful statement of striped pieces, folded to distort and break the lines, symbolising the disrupt in the continuity of our expectation of the 21st century and what it means to be a woman.

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The clothes were in rich opulent tones, mixed in with velvets and lighter relief from the sherbet-orange eyeshadow, but somehow the show had a stark and solemn undertone. The models walked along stop-start lines on the floor and stood in metal cage-like structures – no doubt a nod to the oppressed mood that Wu feels in the current landscape. It was beautiful yet sad; not in a way that distracted from the garments, but just in a way that made you think and reflect upon those changes made into the unknown recently.

Judy Wu

I’ve just read this back over and realised I haven’t talked about the clothes in much detail, but somehow it doesn’t seem to matter. I think we forget sometimes about the point of fashion in the context of a fashion week. Yes, it’s a business. Yes, it’s about clothes. But it’s also about so much more than that. It’s about emotion and feeling and how a conceptual presentation of a collection, which isn’t being sold on the racks of Harvey Nichols or Liberty, makes you reflect upon culture and life. This piece is accompanied by some beautiful images from our talented (and female) photographer Anna, which will make you appreciate all the more the crafts(wo)manship of the collection and the beauty of the designs. But sometimes the take away is more than just the clothes. Don’t forget that when you’re scrolling through #LFW on Instagram.

 

Written by Laura Wells,

Contributor

Photography by Anna Dziczkaniece

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