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Knwls Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection


Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault of the (now mononym) Knwls brand have a knack for an appropriate collector’s title, this season settling on the word ‘adrenaline’. As the thrill of the live London fashion shows returns for the first time this season after the pandemic, the duo wanted to bring back the visceral excitement of a high octane runway experience. “We always had these talks during the lockdown where people were asking, do you like the digital program? But for us, it’s like going to a rock concert rather than watching it on YouTube; it’s just not the same, ”says Arsenault. “The experience is so much more amplified when it’s live.

Obviously, they know a thing or two about creating a show. Marking their first time at an independent venue, Knowles and Arsenault opted for the bowels of an underground car park near Oxford Circus, where the models walked through specks of light on a thunderous industrial soundtrack, making it the one of London Fashion Week’s most exciting montages so far. It helped that the frame harmonized perfectly with the collection, which one might imagine being carried by a Mad Max firecracker not afraid to flash a little (well, a lot) of flesh during a race. street through the wet and concrete belly of the city.

Knwls’ signatures – waist-high bustiers, drop-waist pants cut in sheer mesh, elaborate riffs on underwear as outerwear – were all catered for, with a few surprises as well. There was an expansion of their distinctively earthy color palette to hot pink accessories, light blue jeans, and a final look of ghostly, ethereal whites and creams. A skilful play of textures was also present, with thicker fabrics treated to appear oil-stained or speckled with acid positioned alongside ultralight stretch jerseys. The brand’s increasingly ambitious work with leather was another highlight, whether it was paneled mini-dresses or a pair of striking webbed pants, fringed with leather tassels from waist to waist. ankle.

Part of Knwls’ distinctive aesthetic is their ability to combine various influences in a way that never seems fancy. Here there was a touch of the Wild West in the raw, ready-made snakeskin cowboy hats and loosely laced suede effect dividers in Leatherface style, or their brilliant riff on bomber jackets, with cocoon-style leather shoulders with elasticated rib panels extending to the armpit. A collaboration with white-heated jeweler Marco Panconesi resulted in gorgeous earrings and bracelets dripping with stones and colorful crystals that managed to feel both effortlessly bohemian and ready for the Studio’s dance floor. 54.


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