Kalissi AW19 collection is confident and entertaining; a celebration of retro-futurism, which combines intense, vibrant colours and nostalgic silhouettes.
Having only been founded in 2017, Kalissi’s AW19 show was designer Christina Hrdlicka’s first ever encounter with London Fashion Week. Whilst relatively fresh in the fashion industry, Vienna based Hrdlicka is no stranger to the world of fashion production and her roles in advertising, visual identities, fashion photography and graphic design have given her an eclectic creative initiation.
Her collection entitled Roial draws inspiration from the Austrian imperial period, Kaiserlich und Könglich. She delightfully combines classic details such as pearls, ruffles and voluptuous sleeves with modern and humorous additions, such as the brand name emblazoned across the back of a jacket. The collection was filled with co-ordinating ensembles that are versatile enough to be worn as seperates too. Most outfits were finished with a hat or headpiece, creating a whole-hearted devotion to the brand in the wearer. She juxtaposed the demanding patterns with white socks and footwear, giving the retro styles a girlish finish.
As the music boomed in Fashion Scout’s Vestibule space, the lively collection felt like a party from start to finish. However, it contained dissolution within itself, seemingly split into seven or eight mini collections of matching styles and patterns. The stand out style for me was the mint green and baby pink garments, closely followed by leaf green loose satin shirts. The pearl embellishment alongside lavish silk headscarves and ribbon belts reminded me of a fashion-forward great-grandma, raiding her 1960’s wardrobe and giving it a funky 2019 twist.
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Text: Maisy Farren
Images: Huw Jenkins, Toni & Guy