Japanese fashion house Anrealage showcased an impressive range of photosensitive fabrics and trompe l'oeil effects at Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2015.
Titled Shadow, the black and white collection features garments representing the concept of shadow and light – a seminal theme outlined in our S/S 15 Play of Light colour rationale. Models dressed in stark, sculptural, white outfits stood centre stage to absorb light from low-lying projectors, which revealed hidden grey patterns and faint silhouettes. Cutout coats and jackets, once removed, left transient shadows resembling leaves or industrial grids.
Trompe l'oeil details include asymmetric hems and sleeves that create the effect of slanting light. Metallic studs and pearls on leather and tweed jackets are accented by black edges, as if to cast their own shadow. For the finale, UV laser beams were projected onto white clothing to create illustrative patterns on the spot.
The exploration of light is a continuation from Anrealage's Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection, where photochromic dyes rapidly transformed garments from plain white into faded neon pastel hues under bright light. See Fade Out S/S 15 for more on this collection.
Look to Shifting Surfaces S/S 16 for more on this illusive trend.