Where has Jeff Garner been? We have really missed his spectacular shows with live music and that amazing Tennessee charm at London Fashion Week. I managed to pin him down after his catwalk show at the lavera Showfloor in Berlin, where he was accosted by umpteen radio shows, photographers and adoring fans.
"I've been in China (Shanghai), Paris, Canada now Berlin. Though I will be back in London in September to launch SS15." YIPPEEE!
For me Prophetik has always been about the material. Jeff Garner dyes everything for the collection at his workshop in Franklin, Tennessee. His fabrics are sustainable meaning they are natural unbleached fibres in flax, hemp, silk, Peace silk, seaweed, cactus silk, hand-loomed Dupioni Silk, Chiffon and more and the dying is all plant and earth-based using leaves, bark, plants, and roots that are planted in surrounding gardens.
This season, for his Prophetik retrospective, some of his pieces have painted graphics by Asian elephants (charity highlighting elephant plight - he sent over the material and plant-based dye) something that Jeff came across while researching water consumption, and which he is truly passionate about.
The Berlin catwalk was more of a Prophetik history. It took a little bit from each of his previous collections and it had the crowd in raptures! The Prophetik breeches, which I adore, are one of the labels signatures. They are a nod to the Civil War's 'make do and mend,' campaign, which Garner references throughout via buttons, trimmings etc. Prophetik had only two showings, but Jeff did promise there would be more for SS15. So, I am waiting hungrily.
But I have to say his party prom dresses were truly spectacular - antique lace and superb cut made the crowd ROAR!
Garner has designed for Miley Cyrus, Esperanza Spalding, Livia Firth, Suzy Amis Cameron, Sheryl Crow, Jonas Brothers, Kings of Leon, Julia Styles, Cameron Diaz...and hopefully soon, ME and YOU.
I'm looking forward to SS15 breeches and more cocktail dresses.
All photography by Beata Siewicz