riders on the storm – lela jacobs w2013

For some it might seem late in the season to move into winter, but for Lela Jacobs, the equinox is the perfect time to change seasons. And not content to show her winter collection in a showroom or a lookbook, Lela chose to show her winter collection just as the evening was turning to dark in an old open silo on the waterfront. With a circle shaped runway, the models came into the space accompanied by classical guitar played by Alexandre Champagnat. Lela, again, showing her incredible clothes her way.

The models drifted through the space dressed in beautiful linens and silks with huge wool blankets wrapped around them. The fabrics (including the wools) were finished in a hand-done painterly effect, which was quite spectacular.

There is incredible movement in these garments, both from the cut and from the fabrics themselves. When you get up close you see the amount of thought that has gone into both, in order to make a garment fall, and layer the way that it does. With a muted palette of black, white, timber and dusk – it is the layers that tell the story.

In my mind the garments are not only unisex, but all trans-seasonal.  The under-garments are in extra fine wools that are then layered with heavy silk linens, linen gauzes and silk georgettes. Then the final layers, oversized Italian wool wraps, scarves etc are added.

The final detailing included necklaces of shrunken vintage leather gloves, and amazing crowns, collars and cross, which were a collaboration between Lela Jacobs and Abnumeral Design. Made using a 3D printer, these amazing objects will be jetting to the United States later in the year to be part of an exhibition.

My favourite pieces were the long collared silk shirts – the Riders Long Shirt, the Keepers Dress, the Riders Blanket wrap and the Riders Parka.

The entire Riders on a Storm collection is in store at The Keep, 504 K Rd, and you can book shop on-line and find other stockists here.

The models’ hair was done by Lauren Gunn and Sky Cripps-Jackson from Stephen Marr, while the amazing makeup was by Caitlin Lomas for M.A.C.

On a personal note, after owning a piece or two of Lela’s work over the years, this particular collection so impressed me that I had to go look at it in store, so much of the detail is in the holding and the touching of the garments.  I may possibly have gone home with several of those garments… and my wardrobe is much richer for it…

Photographs as always by Michelle Weir

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