Tessa Edwards AW14

Tessa Edwards AW14

Tessa Edwards AW14

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 22.30.47

Hosted at the Drury Club, last Sunday Tessa Edwards presented her AW14 collection titled “As Seen On Screen”, an immersive presentation that combined both an atmospheric film and catwalk in the eerily lit club where the outside was satirically brought in, with a circle of tree trunks and leaves placed at the end of the room creating an ethereal vision of the different dimensions of the real and the perceived. As a result Edwards, AW14 collection was a deliberate reference to the consumer’s bombardment by the commercial world and the resulting disconnection from open-mindedness and creativity as a culture.

Once again symbolism reigned over this season’s collection with biblical reference to the worship of the Gold Calf. Edward’s use of metallic gold leather and elaborate crystals carried through the collection portraying themes of wealth and materialism, expressive of how more and more women in today’s society are complacent with what’s fed to them by the mass media. Identity is strong throughout the collection; once again rings are fluent throughout garments also with the triple ring logo hauntingly present at the beginning of her feature film. Silhouettes are both daring and controversial with inspiration and focus on the Islamic burqa throughout designs, playing against monochromatic print and pieces clasped to the body with belts, or tied together.

Tessa Edwards is out to shock, in hope to awaken the consumer’s eyes. Aware of what sparks debate, she wants to bring forth the idea of freedom and expression in female identity in a bold and ironically glamorous sense. As a designer always out to evolve the self, it’s prolific in Tessa Edwards AW14 collection. This is a collection of a designer that knows what she wants.

Text: Cassie-Jo Millar