Rather than following a concept or theme for Autumn-Winter 2015 the designer was struck by a muse. A woman not only perfectly suited to the house style but also already a private client. In 2013 he was approached to work with award-winning dancer and the Royal Ballet’s Principal Character Artist, Elizabeth McGorian. The house created a bespoke look for her to attend a photography book launch in which she appeared as a model.
“Her joie de vivre has been a constant inspiration so I felt I had to do something to honour it”.
Her love of furs, opulence and a keen eye for fine details makes her an ideal muse for Paton while her tall elegance and ballet poise makes her the perfect mannequin. He has tried to mirror her classic, graceful style throughout the collection accompanied by her playful humour. The range through its luxurious textures from cashmere wool and silk velvet to buttery leather and plush fur is a nod to her elegant style. While the relaxed shapes and tailored comfort acknowledge the earlier days of dance training.