Ulla Johnson presented her Fall Winter 2018/19 collection during the New York Fashion Week. Focused on a conversation around women and power, the collection mixes feminine and masculine elements, in a color palette inspired by David Hockney’s richly saturated landscapes.
For Fall 2018, Ulla Johnson embarks on an unravelling of tradition. In a time of political and societal upheaval, Johnson explores where and how our collective mores should be preserved, where honored, and where subverted or rejected outright. Delving into both sex and sexuality, Johnson continues a conversation around women and power. Time honored tropes of feminine and masculine dress are conflated and juxtaposed. Chantilly lace and humanely sourced angora are paired with Donegal tweeds, camel hair, and corduroy. Frocks are layered over mannish trousers, strong shouldered suits are tied up with soft ribbons, shirtings are hand pleated into gently billowing volumes. Looking back to times of great societal change and the freedoms that were fought for and celebrated, Johnson offers up a bold, self-possessed sexuality. Harkening disco-era decadence and eighties power dressing, Johnson’s woman speaks with a voice that is strong and clear. Lurex dots dance across shibori printed georgette, sequins are embroidered over rich velvets and molded into puffed up shoulders. Copper bugle beads are knit into body skimming shapes with deteriorated edges lending an effortless elegance. Taffeta is draped into exaggerated volumes and adorned with rich ruffles and ballooned sleeves. Precious materials are mixed with workwear fabrics in an affront to the rules of day or evening wear. – from Ulla Johnson
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