September 26, 2011
From a dash of zebra print mixed with brash 80s hexagon patterns, to a profound measure of denim, military LBDs and floating delicate dresses. The amalgamation of influences at PPQ was superbly mind-blowing.
The red lipped, ruler straight haired models stormed down the catwalk to 90s wonders like Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam and the yearning of Candi Staton’s You Got The Love.
As an exploration of PPQ’s origins inspiring designers Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker, their pick ‘n’ mix of a collection surely satisfies any sartorial palette.
Congratulations on a great show, how are you feeling now?
Percy: Yeah, that was great, wasn’t it?
What were your main inspirations?
Amy: We, *pauses*, created…
Percy: Sorry I just got eight goodie bags.
Amy: You’ve only had one glass of champagne, Percy focus.
Amy: Right, let’s start again.
So, where did the cowboys come from?
Amy: They’re not cowboys, those come from Opera masks. It’s an organza and it’s sort of aluminous. And it is summer so we have the straw hats. It is kind of early evening wear.
You always have a really good soundtrack and everyone is so excited in the crowd, do you think that kind of atmosphere is important in your shows?
Percy: If you have been to a show without music then that’s really depressing. The music changes everything.
How do you find working as two designers? How do you make one unique collection with two minds?
Amy: You know those necklaces you get, like Elizabeth Duke, with a circle that goes together and has a squiggly line down the middle? Well it’s kind of like that.
How do you feel about showing in London?
Amy: Well Percy likes it because he doesn’t have to walk very far. And well, we are London designers. Every season we do go to another place. We showed in Shanghai last year and Russia the year before. This season we are going to do trunk shows on a crazy island in Mauritius and wherever else we decide to go. We don’t get a holiday otherwise.