Sinead Gorey immerses us in a journey through iconic British cultural exports in her runway debut. Titled “British Summer of Love,” Gorey pays homage to the free party explosion of 1988, capturing the charm and relentless optimism that keep Old Blighty afloat.
Gorey, now an accomplished London club fashion expert, presents an expanded and original repertoire of styles. Body-hugging silhouettes and hemless cuts, evoking the rave atmosphere, merge with chenille corsetry, wool skirt and jacket ensembles, acid-washed denim and ironic embellishments.
For the designer, this runway show marks her first proper foray into the London scene; an opportunity to reflect on what “British” means to her. “Sarcasm, pubs, unpredictable weather and a love of partying,” is how she sums up her vision. Following in the wake of Cool Britannia and acid house, Gorey demonstrates her ability to reinvent the status quo. Bond stockings become illusions on breasts, Treasury stripes color off-the-shoulder dresses and lace panels evoke the spirit of the Daisy Dukes at its finest.
British iconography comes to life in the runway show, from Kate Moss at Glastonbury in 2005 to Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit on the 1997 Vanity Fair cover, rendered in patchwork stripes and ful bleed. In Gorey’s words, it’s all about “having fun, having a good time and looking sexy, rain or shine.” Jamie Reid’s typographic designs for the Sex Pistols proclaim “God Save the Sexy and Glamorous” on the dividers, paying tribute to British irreverence.
Nostalgia permeates every detail. Beaded tassels and a fish-patterned charm pay homage to the great British vacation package. From hair braiding to friendship bracelets, Gorey elevates humble inspirations with sumptuous bodices, shell buttons and ombré dyes. On the flipside, Gorey introduces us to the world of beach fashion, with stretchy dresses and skirts adorned with ruffles and pin-up bikinis. These creations find their logical counterpart in strappy lace dresses, evoking the vibrant nights of Big Smoke and the warm days of Notting Hill Carnival.
A special collaboration with Buffalo has brought to life a complete footwear collection that leaves no one indifferent. From studded leather mules to bondage platforms, each piece breathes the essence of a time when Gorey was a daring millennial, blazing her own trail to the beat of The Prodigy and forging her own identity. We can’t forget the legendary homage to Ginger Spice’s Union Jack boots, adding a touch of nostalgia to the runway show.
This catwalk debut of Sinead Gorey marks a new chapter in the designer’s career, with new references and an impeccable modus operandi. Gorey’s clothes, inspired by the London rave scene that marked her adolescence, unite generations and celebrate British culture in spades.
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