Looking to France, the collection find its meaning in the symbolism of the French revolution and the rejection of frou frou that followed. Coinciding with personal design changes, the collection represents a “back-to-basics” mentality with my focus in couture. Much like the revolution it takes inspiration from, the garments were detoxed of previously favoured elements of glitz: sequins, embroidery and applique in the likes, and realigned with more sober undertones of grandeur. Embracing a renewed focus on the body, aspects of tailoring were initially explored and then later distorted, leading to the use of smocking techniques which created architectural folds that while clean at the base, (missing a word) wild and linear in the gathers it created.
Colour palettes chosen or lack thereof, were to reflect the monochromes of menswear. More passionate colours were explored but as an exercise in sobriety they were discarded to maintain a cold sternness free of whimsical frolic. The name of the collection was chosen for personal comedic reasons rather meaningful ones. When starting the collection, I was encouraged/urged to try more pret-a-porter styles instead of couture, of which I attempted, however as the collection came to life, it became glaringly apparent that despite my efforts, couture is as couture does, and it was not going to be ignored. Hence Recidivism, the tendency to reoffend.