Edward Crutchley’s most recent AW18 collection is a modern expression of Eastern and Western mythologies, a cultural trip of pilgrimage to deeply explore more possibility regarding the aestheticism.
There is an ambiance of folk religion, the energy of cultural sharing from his new collection: Four Greatest Works of Chinese Literature: “Journey To the West,” referenced on prints, and the silhouettes. Crutchley also referenced the piecemeal appropriation of Celtic mysticism as a touchstone for broader Western concepts of spirituality contrasted and counter-imposed against Grecian classicism. Digging into the critical elements of this collection: blanket, fringe, antique print, long silhouette, black, orange, and beige, this collection reflects the interpretation of both mystery and modernity.
Edward’s artisanal craftsmanship appeared furthermore on two fur items: traditional hand cut and dyed intarsia technique, combined with the leather strip insertion technique. One is the winter wardrobe classic, and another is new experimentation of designing with mink fur - a pair of mind trousers.
This season is an exploration of graphics, textiles, culture and religions, a “Journey From the West To the East” on the runway.
Text: Gareth Chow