The Observer

2015

Andre Jackson

Luxury Prevails at VFILES Made Fashion Show

“The definition of luxury is being able to do what you want when you want.”

If you were to cast a casual eye over the collections shown at Wednesday night’s VFILES Made Fashion presentation, Portugal-born David Ferreira’s yellow and black confections would likely be named as the most high fashion or luxury. And with good reason; the couture creations made one’s mind go to designs from the likes of Giambattista Valli and John Galliano (from his tenures at Dior and Maison Martin Margiela). Mr. Ferreira himself cited Orlando—which stars Tilda Swinton—and Empress Dowager Cixi, a polarizing figure from nineteenth century China, widely credited with opening the country’s ports. “All the inspiration is really in foot binding and mixing in the Victorian corsets from Europe,” Mr. Ferriera explained. “All the embroidery is inspired by the 1,000 cuts that Cixi made illegal in China. I really wanted to take that dark and ugly side and make it gorgeous and glamorous.”