There was certainly no shortage of creativity at Arkadius' bizarrely bucolic London show. The Polish designer turned to his homeland for inspiration, referencing farm life with colorfully trimmed linens, flowing cottons and foulards wrapped around the head.
Intrigued by how little the style of dressing in his country has changed, Arkadius took it upon himself to suggest new possibilities. With skillful draping, ruching and cutting, he managed to turn perfectly quaint frocks into sexy, in-your-face ensembles. Arkadius' new country maiden wears slinky strapless dresses with colorful bird prints, white leather pants with gathered sides or cutouts, frayed topstitched jeans with ankle boots, and slash-cut skirts. But that's not all: there was a blood- (or faux blood-) drenched shirt, a top made out of straw and plastic birds, and a model carrying a dress suspended by two poles in front of her.
Arkadius delivered an invigorating burst of energy after the more commercial collections of New York, yet his presentation was at times repetitive and would have benefited from some careful editing.