Photographed and directed by Avril Harding
From spy cams to sex tapes, all of modern life is tracked, recorded, shared and scrutinized. For
Autumn/Winter 2013, ANTIPODIUM peers breathlessly into private worlds – steaming up the windows and turning a telephoto lens onto our private lives.
SEX, LIES & CCTV explores the politics of surveillance, the faceless voyeur – secretly phone hacking and digi-tracking – and the creepy thrill of being watched. The unbridled exhibitionism of urban living – from notorious glass-fronted apartment blocks and hotels like highrise peep shows, to the minutiae of everyday life documented via a stream of images, carefully curated, filtered and wittily tagged – means the private has become unashamedly public.
Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch creates a contemporary uniform for a life under surveillance: a
wardrobe of modern classics, deftly subverted. Tough, masculine outerwear hints at a buttoned-up sexuality underneath; versatile shapes, a contemporary palette and clever texture-clashes.
This is clothing in which to navigate a world that is constantly on camera – where personal style is everything.
Graphic elements echo urban life, from Brutalist parking lots and public transport to the icons of
modern living – warning and exit signs, street lines and grids.
Velvet, silk, Mohair waffle and Chambray clash with Nappa leather and hot slick hammered patent, and a palette of acid brights gives way to softer hues of tobacco, pistachio, oxblood, ice pink, and celadon.
Ultra-wearable, SEX, LIES & CCTV is full of clever buys, from crisp shirting (and the ANTIPODIUM staple, the shirt dress), to bright knits, adroit day-to-night dresses, and short shorts to the surreal flare-out cut of the Slicker dress. The Instinct bodice and skirt is a naughty homage to Verhoeven’s iconic Basic Instinct interrogation scene.
Which begs the question…