BFW: Tim-Rhys Evans

Modern day Elizabethan women took to the catwalk at the opening show of Brighton Fashion Weeks Couture night.  The designer Tim-Rhys Evans, who has had vast amounts of attention since graduating from London College of Fashion in 2008, displayed an all black collection which took the audience into a dark fantasy world.

A collection for the slick fairy tale Queen who wants to take control – not wait to be rescued like the foolish Princess. The women were powerful and strong with huge, curled necklines, that were heavily padded to the point of a model being overheard, exclaiming to her friends that she could barely breathe in Evan’s creations.

Despite the lack of oxygen moving past the vocal cords, eliminating the shoulders and neck from view gave a new upper body silhouette, a shape which I felt was the best to come out of Brighton Fashion Week. It spoke volumes, whilst being devoid of colour, of colour it didn’t need as not only was the cut and shape brilliant but even Evan’s use of fabrics screamed couture. Light wait chiffon and lace, felted wool and thick black fur all complimented the gothic designs, which were offset with heavy white rock necklaces. It was Couture that redefined power dressing, without a single shoulder pad in sight.