“Not for the faint-hearted” – that’s how I would describe the Spring Summer 2017 collection of Libertine. The prodigy collection of designer Johnson Hartig came into this world under the colorful title “We Hate Everything”, and full of unbridled emotions it is – a statement of defiance and dissatisfaction with life, fashion, politics and the whole universe we live in. If this is not a statement, I don’t know what is. There could not be a louder expletive pronounced, if you take into account the combination of sequins, prints, texts, colors and textures. It is a WTF moment, but a good one nonetheless.
Seriously, if we set emotions aside, the collection is as distinct as they come. It combines a variety of inspirations taking cues from Georgian era of the 18th century, Chinese hand-painted wall paper, newspaper prints and the best ingredient – the crazy talented mind of Hartig. The feel is vintage and hip, with a nod to the first Libertine collection that featured Union Jack print and Queen Elizabeth portraits fifteen years ago.