Nostalgia of his early days in the fashion world during the 1980's helped form the building blocks of John Richmond's fall winter 2014 collection that shimmied down the runway to Blondie's greatest hits.
"I didn't want to make an 80's collection. It was really more about the [bold] attitude of the 1980's," Richmond told Now Fashion backstage.
Bright tangerine mohair-wool combo suits and jackets and neoprene sweatshirt outfits with double profile banner prints kicked off the runway show.
Reptile swatches lined lapels of dropped-shoulder wool jackets and were plastered on the breasts of black halter dresses and blazers.
Day quickly turns to night and the Angel of Death casts a cloud over the crowd. An elaborate bejeweled and crowned scull theme takes over for evening wear -- printed onto silky skirts and embroidered onto leather biker jackets and gowns. Gasp! Is Goth back?
Slashes of lace were woven into silky baseball jackets and bloomer-exposing mini bell-sleeved dresses -- a look suitable mainly for European discotheques.
The little black dress made of puckered leather plissé fused the collection with a mainstream quality, while floor-length gowns with elaborate tattoo embroidery showed off Richmond's fascination with Italy's artisan tradition.