Harris Reed Spring Summer 2024 “DUET – a collection of Immense love”. Story by RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Harris Reed / Suleika Mueller.
This new collection of Harris Reed unfolded as a captivating blend of artistry and fashion. Reed, known for his quick-witted approach to design, did not disappoint as he presented his latest creations within the iconic Tate Modern’s Brutalist basement gallery space.
The choice of venue was a statement in itself, setting the stage for a straightforward yet impactful runway show. British singer Cosima’s haunting rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” added a layer of emotion to the atmosphere, captivating the audience from the very beginning.
The collection’s opening look, worn by model Ashley Graham, was a showstopper. She glided down the runway in a figure-hugging black velvet dress adorned with delicate micro beads that shimmered like stars. The corset bustier accentuated her curves, creating a striking silhouette. As the show progressed, a series of monochromatic ensembles in various silhouettes, all crafted from black velvet and ivory duchesse satin, embellished with micro beads, graced the runway. Reed’s choice of stretching satin for some of the more expansive designs was a bold move, as it could be unforgiving in certain lighting conditions, especially with models in motion. However, it added a sense of grandeur and elevation to the pieces.
Throughout the collection, Reed’s distinctive signatures were evident, from cinched waists that emphasized the feminine form to dramatic fishtail hems that exuded elegance. Architectural elements extending away from the body added a touch of avant-garde flair to the designs. Interestingly, Reed chose to deviate from his signature hats in most of the looks, with only one exception: an exaggerated bowler hat adorned with black feathers, which added a whimsical touch to the ensemble.
One standout moment of the show was the tantalizing peekaboo dress that left the audience gasping as the model turned around, revealing unexpected details and surprises. It was a testament to Reed’s ability to blend sensuality with sophistication in his designs.
In “DUET – a collection of Immense Love,” Harris Reed showcased his prowess as a fashion visionary, pushing boundaries while staying true to his distinctive style. The juxtaposition of fabrics, the meticulous beadwork, and the unexpected twists in the garments made this collection a memorable and evocative experience, leaving fashion enthusiasts eagerly anticipating what this talented designer will create next.