Not quite knowing what to expect when I sat down at the Lela Jacobs NZFW show, my heart beat quickened when a guitarist and singer/keyboardist stepped out to play the show sound track live. A hauntingly eerie beginning to a collection show I’ve fallen in love with. Himalayan Sherpa Gothic chic mixed with a little ice queen. For myself, huge fan of alternative fashion style, darker and androgynous clothing the Lela Jacobs show, “The Keep” will be something I’ll be putting on my shopping list once I am back in Melbourne!
A monochromatic color palette of predominantly blacks, grays, whites and neutrals accentuates the conceptual silhouettes and strong lines of a Lela Jacobs design. The show opened with a major impact, tall dark African looking girl in black goddess robes. Layered fabric, robes and tunics, some with Asian inspired collars and other long garments with a shirt collar and shoulders draping down to frayed edges and deconstructed hems. Printed in white across the shoulders or legs was the stylized words “de-centralized”.