For their 2015 Spring collection, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, then the heads of the now defunct Marc by Marc Jacobs, presented a heady collection inspired by British rave culture. Working with House of Harlot, the latex couturiers from London’s East End, Bartley and Hillier fashioned latex into polka-dot skirts, capelets and tights, presented with hair twisted into glossy top knots and Chelsea boots dipped in rubber with creamy pastel hues. Walking down a runway ablaze with strobe lighting to a heavy drum-‘n-bass soundtrack by Steve Mackey, Bartley and Hillier’s models looked straight out of Camden’s Cyberdog crew, the original pioneers of fluoro fashion. In the main look above, semi-sheer, zig-zagging alice blue latex panels with different sized polka dots recall Kusama’s inflatable tentacles. The slick, wet-look latex tights evoke the inky black mirrored panels of Kusama’s infinity room.
Main image taken from Fash of the Titans.
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