While I was sitting about, reliving every blissful moment from the London Fashion Week 2016, I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t written about one of the most fascinating collections I came across. It was none other than Three Floor’s “Curious Labyrinth” which has incidentally received rave reviews from fashion critics as well.
This collection combined the elegance of Victorian romance with darker nuances of enticing Gothic culture. The clothing was initially inspired by a gothic novel but somewhere down the line, Tim Walker’s photography further nuanced the designers’ approach. In a certain sense, Three Floor’s “Curious Labyrinth” combined conflicting principles of aesthetics to create outfits that were in my opinion, quite striking and wearable.
To successfully assimilate fine Victorian stylistics with bold Gothic fashion, Third Floor juxtaposed delicate motifs with dark hues and soft detailing with severely tailored forms. So there were floral patterns and lacy trims, but in atypical shades of black, burgundy, ink blue and plum. There were box pleats and billowy ruffles, paired with stiff accents and structured silhouettes. The detailing on dresses was simply exquisite and I really liked the unique cuts on several pieces.
Another reason for the Three Floor collection being very alluring was the intelligent makeup and styling of the models. With minimalist makeup, simple up-dos and wispy fly-aways, and popping, bold lips, their appearance fused conflicting characteristics of The Virgin and The Vixen. To that extent, everything about this collection remained true to the vision of curiously complex, dark Gothic romance. And perhaps that is why it was so well-received by audiences.
Personally speaking, I can’t get my mind off of one particular piece called “Floral Feeling”. It was a lovely dress which used a combination of black embroidered lace and black mesh detailing, thus offering a fresh take on the classic LBD. So for me, Third Floor’s collection was quite special. Would you agree? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts!