Autumn Winter 2017 Dark Matter Campaign

The Autumn Winter 2017 collection ‘Dark Matter’ encapsulates the enigmatic and subversive dynamism of London’s underground New Wave scene of the 80s, merged with Nicholas Kirkwood’s visual interpretation of French electro music from the 70s by the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, as well as more contemporary artists of this genre such as Daft Punk and Justice. The melange of the two results in a sophisticated, geometric, yet graphic concept.

Kirkwood’s moodboards are often a sea of images of works from visual artists and architecture that he admires, and this season was no exception. Kirkwood was particularly drawn to the bold metallic works of artist Jeppe Hein and the graphic quality of the predominantly light based performances of Paris based duo Nonotak studio.

To capture the spirit of the Dark Matter collection Kirkwood worked with burgeoning film director Rei Nadal to create a short film of the same name, shot in black and white in a triptych format. Kirkwood was drawn to Nadal’s use of unexpected framing, sound and intriguing, somewhat awkward direction of her models. London based model Jess Maybury is the Dark Matter film’s protagonist personifying the irreverently feminine Kirkwood woman as she strides around an arresting, graphic scene of linear forms and geometric caging.

For this season, the colour palette is predominantly monochrome with new geometric lines, a metallic cage plexi-heel and a plethora of unusual fabrications reinforce Kirkwood’s innovative use of new techniques fused with luxurious materials. Kirkwood’s development of signature styles and codes peppered with interesting new seasonal elements forms a focused, unique and forward-thinking collection.