- Text Jake Hall
- 12th February 2020
Eckhaus Latta’s show notes always read more like abstract musings than concrete indications of the collection to come, but the opening line of FW20 offered genuine clarity: “ancient ideas of being in the ocean on a rinse cycle.” Although poetic, the line hinted at the aesthetic, conceptual and textural importance of water as a reference point. It manifested visually in the jewel-toned mini-dresses, whose ruffles cascaded like waves down models’ bodies – an effect achieved elsewhere by the strategic ruching of chiffon.
In contrast to SS20, which predominantly stuck to a palette of neutrals and frothy pastels, this season was all about colour – the bolder, the better. From shimmery, pink lurex tees to acid yellow skirts, the brand’s eclectic muses brought a sense of joy to the runway.
Better still, the designers also paid attention to sustainability. Ahead of the show, the duo announced a partnership with resale site TheRealReal, explaining that each model would wear second-hand shoes on the runway – pre-owned Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Chanel and more – which would then be sold on elsewhere. But of course, the best way to ensure sustainability is to create clothes which last – and with seventeen seasons under their belt, it’s arguably a skill that the duo has mastered.