Natasha Zinko debuted her Spring/Summer 16 collection at London Fashion Week with a determined affirmation in mind "I can, and I will." It was this powerhouse message that catapulted the young designer's inspiration forward for her latest collection as she found further inspiration in the highly cultured and self-assured women who wear her clothes.
Exploring the idea of a woman readying herself to take on the world, Zinko's inspiration came to life in the fashionable form of boxer-influenced ensembles crafted from leather and silk. The collection featured her interpretation of silk boxing robes in black, blue, beige and red cut in two lengths – floor and knee-length – all of which were lined in white and off-white silk.
Other nods to Zinko's boxing inspiration appeared in the form of a bomber jacket, which was detailed in a lace-up back and sleeves. Playing with the concept of what could be considered a weight lifting belt, or highwaisted boxing shorts, a white dress with a red corseted zip waist stood out among the collection as a winning number.
At once athletic and sensitive, powerful leather pieces are offset but dainty details such as the oversized embroidered rose motif that can be found on elegant gowns, red satin boxer shorts and crisp white shirts throughout the collection. "I'm interested in the idea of power – and, equally, in vulnerability. I think women are wonderful and I'm constantly seeking to explore every facet of what that means: This season is probably my most literal celebration of female complexity. We're having fun with it of course."
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