Siki Im‘s AW 2011 collection, Silent Thunderbird Prayer, is based in the Native American ethos of balancing mind, body and spirit. Im balances wools, cashmeres, waxed cottons and rabbit felts in simple layers that build in complexity. For winter he has also played with the idea of clothing as shelter through the incorporation of large brimmed hats. Im uses traditional tailoring techniques paired with unique shapes and unusual proportions to create sculptural and visually impacting pieces. This season we saw over sized hats and enveloping wraps using traditional Native American patterns. Finishing off the looks were amulets and cuffs made in collaboration with Made by Eugene.
What really brought this presentation together was the performance of Silvercloud (Kevin Tarrant). Dressed in traditional robes and wielding a hand drum, Silvercloud chanted through the entire presentation adding aural and visual impact. I particularly liked when the models walked along a dirt path on the floor in a figure 8 pattern giving a ceremonial feel to the show. The hair styling also stood out, drawing again on native styles such as braids and mohawks.