Sibling; What’s Going On?
“We understand the power of display,” said Sibling’s show notes, something Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery – the trio behind Sibling – have proved time and time again with their sense of youthful fun and creative energy.
Their Spring/Summer offerings this year were arguably more tame than those we have seen in the past, but “tame” by Siblings’ standards would still be considered wildly vibrant and exciting by the majority. Entitled “Holiday Celebrate,” this show, with its cartoonish bows and graphic, graffiti-like prints was full of a joyous optimism that was anything but dull.
These were clothes inspired by New York street style as it was in the days before social media, photographed by the likes of Amy Arbus and Maripol. “Holiday,” by Arbus’ friend and muse Madonna, played in the background, adding to the sense of these clothes as something born of a 1980s sensibility and a modern-day edge.
Rubber bangles, bandeau tops, big fuzzy jumpers and sequin vest dresses embodied the 1980s fun, whilst the finale looks, the hand-crocheted skirts, showcased their craftsmanship; each piece too three months to complete by hand.
Once again, Sibling have proved that there is a huge sense of joy in dressing up, even in the face of hard times; Bates pointed out New Yorkers knack for dressing flamboyantly, even in the eighties when the shadow of AIDS seemed to hang heavy of their city. It is an uplifting statement of defiance. Sibling have been one of my favourite labels for a while now, and will be as long as they keep making optimistic clothes that are all about having fun in a world where it can be hard to do so.
“This collection embodies the fun and fearlessness of dressing to please yourself,” the show notes read; what a statement to live by.