Caitlin Price’s sixth collection at London Fashion Week submerges her signature silhouettes in a warped, opulent odyssey from London to Hollywood. Unravelling her first visit to the USA this summer, Price’s sculptural cuts, elegant textile manipulation and an intoxicating collage of mid-century drapery make manifest a sophisticated translation of sportswear into eveningwear.
Hand-embellished pistachio and ice blue silk tracksuits glint with pearls, whilst swirled-sequinned floor-length gowns are layered with taffeta. Blood orange, chartreuse and gold wrapped ball gowns pour lavishly around the body and silk peplums are spliced onto jersey separates.
Throughout, Price’s surreal asymmetry and sculptural adornments invoke the decorative facades of Hollywood mansions competing for adoration. Her first exploration into outerwear – a glacier-white, satin parka – is ornamented with pleated silk scallops, whilst debossed leather bags and silver jewellery complete the sumptuous aesthetic.
A specially commissioned film, directed by Amy Becker-Burnett, accompanies the collection. Referencing the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, the film negotiates the points of contact where Price’s fabrications convene with the female form in close-up. A brooding soundscape, composed by Price’s long-time creative collaborator Joseph Bond, evokes late-night landscapes and an eerie eroticism.
Caitlin Price is from South London. She graduated from the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Womenswear course in 2013, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson. Since launching her eponymous brand in 2015 with Fashion East, she has shown at the ICA, Tate Britain and Selfridges. In 2016, Price was shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the prestigious LVMH prize for young fashion designers in Paris. Since its first season, the brand has received commercial support internationally from Selfridges, Boon the Shop, Harvey Nichols and Nordstrom.