The muse for Jeff Garner’s Spring Summer 2011 collection for Prophetik is Botticelli’s Venus, with a Southern Belle twist that recalls Garner’s own Tennessee roots. The show for this sustainable collection, entitled ‘Midnight Garden’ opened with a trio of Bluegrass musicians, setting the stage for a remarkable range of clothing that combines the frolics of Shakespeare’s lovers in Twelfth Night and the intense, overpowering heat of a night in the deep south
The sustainable fabrics, such as hemp silk, linen, ramie, organic cottons and reclaimed leather, are dyed with all-natural plant and earth-based dyes. The palette is far from dull, though, featuring dreamy tones of raspberry, copper and lavender. A standout full-length, backless gown showcases the vibrancy of natural dyes in a glorious coral shade. The rest of the collection is made up of cotton dresses that recall farmer’s daughters in Elizabethan England, updated with denim and leather in a truly unique, romantic vision.
For the men, silky tailored jackets and waistcoats are finished with antique buttons and styled with coloured neckerchiefs and beautifully cut bloomers. The show closed with the reappearance of the cheeky country musicians who played the models out, and one could almost believe that the whole show had been a strange and wonderful dream.
– Louise Black