September 17, 2008 London
It also created a sympathetic context for Fiona and Aleksandar's other theme: the dark energy they'd felt in the work of Peter Doig during his retrospective at the Tate earlier this year. (Seems like the Tate is as seminal as Central Saint Martins in the Spring 2009 collections!) Against an LED screen playing footage of Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth, the mannequins marched in those teddy-tough shapes printed with intimations of catastrophe: lava bursts, palm trees against a blazing sky, cosmic explosions. The clash of a hot-pink jacket and Halloween-orange pants or the vermilion cocktail dress with the panel of chenille lace set in the back were lurid enough to emphasize the notion of dark energy. Focused as they were, Sinha-Stanic mightn't have had a lot to say, but they said it with persuasive conviction.