I am crazy about the Valkyries - the female warriors of the Norse tale. So imagine my surprise to find Eugene Lin's SS14 collection that I saw at London's Fashion Scout inspired by these female protectors. How could he possibly translate it into a collection? But he did. As the models came down the catwalk you could most feel the wings fluttering.
With a colour palette of bone white, optic and ivory, he folded the Valkyrie's wings over their bodies making it even more powerful by his use of hand-crafted three-dimensional textured screen-prints, which reminded me of how these female spirits of battle transformed into swans with the aid of feathered cloaks.
The feathers were also present in the different tones of digital printed and plain silk chiffon pieces found on shirts, trousers and bodices. The short pleated skirts, so exquisitely cut together with the crossover details of the coloured fabrics (especially the pumpkin), treated with unique coatings to produce a wet look, seem to echo armour and a cry to battle.
Touching and feeling Eugene Lin's fabrics and seeing the prints up close in Paris just made the collection even better. You can really appreciate his signature clean, precise and deluxe aesthetic.
Photographs by Liv Bentley