On Tuesday London correspondents Eleanor and Melanie went to the Rag Factory in Brick Lane to see the exhibition of Jacob Birge’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
The collection was suspended from the ceiling on mannequins that could be walked all the way around. It was a brilliant move putting the hemlines at eye-level, not only could you see the clothes better but the quirkiness of their presentation encouraged you to peer and touch. In the evening there was a film of the clothes modelled and live music.
For this collection Jacob took his inspiration from Danish architecture which, he explains, has a lot of glass and wood. You can see the contrast of dark and light in his clothing, not only in the black and startling whites but the juxtaposition of substantial leather and almost-transparent organza. Favourite pieces included a dress with a white, faux-fur skirt overlaid with black and white threads, and a dress/jacket in white, black and brown leather.