Considering the accessories of SMWalker as plain shrugs or boleros is a depreciation of their design qualities. At first impression, these pieces resemble elements of futuristic apparel influenced by medieval armours and science fiction aesthetics. However, a more elaborate exploration of the pieces’ geometry would recognise many similarities with organic forms in experimental design and architecture. The shrug, detached from its context, could easily be perceived as an avant garde building model. Yet, the architecture of SMWalker is not intended to be inhabited, it is to be worn. The accessories’ volumes exaggerate the body geometry just enough to evoke a slightly fetishist sensationalism.
Stephanie Macdonald-Walker, the designer of the UK based SMWalker, has earned the right to describe her work as ‘wearable art that can be sculpted around a body…’