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Hermione de Paula Womenswear A/W10

This up and coming print designer takes a darker and subversive turn for the season.

Awarded with the Merit Award after impressing in last season's Vauxhall Fashion Scout's Ones to Watch, Hermione de Paula took a turn to the darker side this season. The femininity of past collections has now been frozen in time encapsulating the spirit of trapped woman. Particular emphasis has been placed on the breasts and hips, accentuated by volumes of fabric that is meant to look like sculpted ice. Hermione's florals take on an icy form too as the crystalline flowers are further pushed by the use of vinyl to give a hardened edge. Chastity belts and skeleton keys hang from each dress illustrating this tortured character that is both vulnerable and strong.