SYMBIOTE: the Gentleman and the Neanderthal
Nicomede Talavera toyed with the idea of a symbiotic relationship between the Gentleman and the Neanderthal for the For AW 2010.
The Neanderthal brought with him a reactionary and primitive charm. Resulting in craftsmanship and a wealth of textures, layers and materials as well as an emphasis on animal prints. Whilst the Gentleman’s traditional influence ensures the silhouette maintains classic shapes, such as re-takes on long johns in PVC and longer length shirts and cardigans.
Whilst artist Ian Carr-Harris’ installation 137 Tecumseth provides the colour palette and sets the mood of the collection; especially the metallic, reflective and tonal features.
Accessories play an important role in combining the two influences. The Neanderthal’s sense of rituals and lifestyle influences eerie animal bones, shells, twigs and knitted leather then combined with velvet and silver hoops on necklaces, bangles, bags and bag charms.
Designer Nicomede Talavera, Photographer Jane Chilvers, Styling Jack Cassidy, Model CHRIS TANNER CSV MA at Premier Model Management, Make-up Erin Long, Hair Amanda Briggs, Shoes Sponsored by Dr Martens.