My favourite episode was the one focusing on the Deep Sea, featuring animals that live below 200m where there is little or no light. They look so alien and exist in such inhospitable climates that it is hard to believe that are not the product of a sci-fi writer's imagination. In fact one species 'Cystisoma' was an inspiration for the creature in the 1979 film 'Alien'.
Many designers took inspiration from under the sea in their S/S '12 collections. Most of these took a lighter tone, with seafoam hues and bright corals, fishy prints, drapes and sparkling scales.
|Scales, drapes and opaque/sheer layers at givency reminded me of bleached coral and sparkling shoals of fish|
|Anenome-like frills at Alexander McQueen, interesting bondage-like touches with the masks and laced/strap detailing|
|Neon scenes from the sunlit shallows at Mary Katrantzou|
However I would be fascinated to see more approaches influenced by the dwellers of the dark undersea world. I could see some of this at Paco Rabanne but it seems like a great subject for McQueen, I am also now really lusting after a Christopher Kane-esqe tee with a print of an anglerfish or similar.
|Warrior-like masks, surreal silver shapes and rainbow irridescence nod to life where the sun doesn't shine at Paco Rabanne|
|Bloodbelly comb jelly|
Catwalk images from style.com