King Vultures hit London Fashion Week
Congress Centre, London, UK
September 19, 2016
Acclaimed designer and creative duo Vin + Omi showed during the London Fashion Week their Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-wear Collection entitled The Dreaming. The catwalk was dimmed with dark red lighting, and black origami birds hung everywhere from the ceiling, giving a fantasy ambience to the venue.
In a collaboration with our photographer and director, Siu, who provided the pictures; Vin + Omi designed a dress, a cape, and a tote bag feautring Panamanian King Vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The models wore oversized fluffy red wigs with paintbrushes and paint palettes decoratively placed within them that combined very well with the vultures' colour patterns. The bag was accessorized with a cartoony badge, and a badge stating "no guns".
Our pictures were not only used on clothes and accesories but also on invitations and advertising. Another bird, the Africa endemic Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) was also used on clothes and advertising.
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Vin + Omi - The Dreaming, advertisement
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Vin + Omi are renowned in the fashion world for their fantastical, innovative and futuristic pieces, having dressed Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Pamela Anderson, and Debbie Harry. They recently achieved widespread acclaim for the many outlandish outfits they created for Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, film released on July 2016. They state on their Twitter account that they "like to work with interesting people".
Vin (R) + Omi (L) at the end of the show