Oxblood and Thigh Highs Battle at Ohne Titel
Ohne Titel’s woman came over as a contemporary Boudica, the legendary queen of the Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the Roman Empire—but with a rock ‘n’ roll urban twist. She was partway through battle today; stepping out in various manifestations of oxblood by way of leather and wool paneled sweatshirts, tufted bulky sweaters and waxed fibers. Black was used throughout to further her intimidation tactics—e.g. tough leather skinny trousers under skirts and dresses to protect against the enemy. Being so tough, Ohne Titel’s woman didn’t need much armor, save for metal heels on thigh-high chunky platform boots and fierce angular jewelry by Anndra Neen.
This woman wasn’t aggressive through and through, however. As a warrior, she knows how to play on her sexuality to distract the opposing forces: emphasis on the waist came via nipped in knit dresses and pleated fit and flare mini skirts—some of which appeared like crushed pony skin, suggesting that if her steed met its maker, she might have reworked its pelt into something to beguile a Holy Roman Emperor. She upped her seduction strategy toward the end of the show with transparent black panels on tops, and her armor or weapons morphed into body-hugging rib knit metallic foil dresses in precious gold and silver. If this eveningwear would aid post-combat celebrations, the hair and makeup rang true, too. Her hair was pulled back slickly off the face so she could look the enemy in the eye, but was decorated with delicate white feathers—perhaps a nod to doves being a symbol of peace after the raging? Either way, the Ohne Titel woman today was a winner on many levels.
Photography by Andrew Boyle, Joe Marquez and Chris Swainston