RAFW – Konstantina Mittas
MAY 06 2010
Reading the brief before Konstantina Mittas’ show, alarm bells began to ring that this was going to be some cosmic show full of mood rings, unicorn motifs and tie dye kaftans that would appeal only to drama teachers and crazy cat ladies.
Named after a painting by William Blake entitled ‘The Night of Enithromons Joy’ the brief read like a cosmic riddle, listing that the collection ‘reveals a paradoxically futuristic world of myth ruled over by Greek Moon Goddess Hecate.’
The show began with an avante garde live operatic performance, which did little to curve my worries. As the sound grew more and more obscure, Alexandra Agoston O’Connor burst onto the catwalk swathed in a nude and black rouched dress, stiff collar cut across her diagonally, devouring déllecotage. This was not a drama teacher friendly dress. This was fierce.
One by one, cosmic moon goddesses strode out in gravity defying dresses. Fabric edges were left raw andexposed as crater like pleats encased around the body in nude, grey and ash toned leather bubbled around the body. A sinister mustard yellow in a cellophane-like fabric brightened up the dull tones.
As the music grew louder, with the singer yelping orgasmic sounds, the collection took a turn towards an overt sexuality. Fabric folds sculpting the hips emphasised the feminine figure and the cheeky tights with cut outs around the buttocks worn by Stephanie Carta were less than subtle.
Konstantina is known for her theatrics and this season her collection celebrated other worldly concepts and fetishised silhouettes in a grandiose way.