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London-based designer and RCA graduate, Katie Roberts-Wood, presented the SS17 collection of her namesake label, ROBERTS | WOOD in London this week. An artsy, high-brow affair, Roberts-Wood took everyday, nondescript garments — tunic dresses, smocks and the like — and elevated them with dramatic silhouettes. Frills exploded out of dresses’ sides, smocks ballooned out at the bottom and oversized ribbons were wound tight round sleeves.

A low-key (read: virtually non-existent) palette made sure that Roberts-Wood’s adventurous silhouettes and dramatic forms did the talking, here. It’s a dreamy, theatrical abstraction of everyday clothing — the sort of thing COMME des GARCONS and Craig Green are so loved for. With a collection this strong, it looks like ROBERTS | WOOD is, much like Craig Green, well on its way to becoming a permanent fixture on London’s avant-garde fashion scene.

For more of this sort of dreamy, avant-garde interpretation of clothing, check out Craig Green’s quite frankly stunning FW16 collection.

Words by Alec Leach
Digital Fashion Editor

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin, where he leads Highsnobiety's digital fashion content.

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