Cyber Tribe Dreaming – Isolated Heroes

I can’t believe I’ve never posted about Isolated Heroes before but aren’t these pictures of the A/W 12 collection a total dream? I first came across Samantha McEwen when she opened her graduate show at Heriott Watt last June and her unisex brand Isolated Heroes just fucking blew me away. Vodoo inspired brights, graphic prints, monsters, eyeballs, sequins and pastel faux fur make up this collection.
The photos are totally dreamy (taken by the uber talented Kirstin Kerr) and have pretty much all the things going on. Henna tatooo designs, taloned nails (Tammy from DIY Nails), lots of layering, lots of gold, mismatched socks and pattern clashings. It really shouldn’t work, and it is garish…but in the very best way. Samantha’s designs aren’t for the faint hearted, but then I suppose a sequined skeleton bodycon doesn’t really appeal to your average shrinking wall flower right? I’m kind of in love with the styling (not just the gold but all the 90s stickers and rainbow pompoms) with the massive platformed creepers Lou Clave from Hair for Heroes is behind the hair (pastel dip dyes, HIYAS) so there is really nothing I don’t love here. The whole thing reminds me of 90’s tv series The Tribe.
Isolated Heroes will be showing her collection at Brighton Fashion Week at the Zeitgeist show  – selling the collection as ghetto tribal barbies – a mixture of ghetto goths and cyber barbies in a post-apocalyptic terrain (which I TOTALLY can get on board with.) If you’re at that end of the country I strongly suggest creeping on down to see her collection live. If you can’t make it you can creep along to asos for zebra batwing dresses, sheer eyeball dresses and dip dye t-shirts.
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