The concept behind the Ravensbourne graduate’s collection is a reflection on the movie Fight Club. The film is a representation of society shaping our perception of how we should act or what we should do. Just like that, through repetition of the same routine, the fight club conforms the individual personalities of its members into a mould. “We are absorbed in this way of living life according to what the media plugs into our minds. I wanted to challenge this routine we all are trapped in, one way or another. Creating outfits that can be perceived as functional but also as a reflection of freedom and individuality,” she explained.
“I looked into the idea of how men cover up their feelings in layers and used protective clothing as a reference.”
Charlotte’s collection is an ode to protective wear with a modern appeal. “I looked into the idea of how men cover up their feelings in layers and used protective clothing as a reference,” she said. Her inspiration comes from silhouettes of the 90s, vintage clothes and grunge looks. At first glance, the garments the designer created seem to collide together, part of a group whose components meld into each other. The more time is spent with her creations the more the distinctive elements of each of her looks start to stand out.
Metal buckles, leather fabrics, irregular seamlines, distorted prints. Charlotte Richards’ garments are a galore of intricate details. The grunge look of The Clash played a big part in the designer’s creative process. “The band inspired many of my zips, metal eyelets and belts,” she said. The collection features a twist on the 50s’ zoot suit and sharp tailored silhouettes, whose seams have been torn apart and patterns have been distorted.