Sinead Gorey AW24 was an ode to school uniforms, drinking in parks, & lunchtime detentions

Sinead Gorey AW24 was an ode to school uniforms, drinking in parks, & lunchtime detentions

by Robyn Pullen
4 min

People like to say that “your teenage years are the best years of your life,” and it seems Sinead Gorey would agree. Designing her Autumn/Winter 2024 collection after the British teenage experience, Gorey’s muse this season was adolescent, messy, and a little chaotic. Set in the period of time she spent wandering between the classroom, bus stop, and local corner shop, here’s how Sinead Gorey conveyed her idea of teenage life in Britain – nostalgia and reality combined – for her eponymous brand’s latest collection. 

Tartan uniforms transformed into fits

As a nod to the school uniform, Gorey featured prints throughout her collection, explaining that, “back in the day, different schools had different tartan checks. That’s how you knew who went to what school.” Although you’d usually expect a tartan school skirt to be two inches below the knee, Gorey’s take on tartan was de- and re-constructed, reminiscent of the rule-breaking lengths students go to get around uniform regulations. 

Patchwork bodices designed to look as though they’ve been sewn together by an unruly student are paired with down-filled, puffy skirts reminiscent of scrunchies. Likewise, ties are transformed into tops and dresses, and blazers appear with badge embellishments or even pleated into mini-skirts.

The after-school uniform: skimpy and distressed

The underwear-as-outerwear aesthetic that every teen tries to master at some point appears in the form of laddered tights worn without a skirt, and bras stuffed with cigarette packets. Body-con dresses join the class, appearing in PVC, fur-trimmed renditions, alongside an iconic “my first rave” Union Jack dress accessorised with a hood. It feels like the concept of being overly ready to grow up is prevalent in Sinead Gorey’s collection, reminiscing the desperation to be taken seriously whilst still being a teen.

“I’m not leaving the house without my iPod”

iPods – the music essential that we once (literally) attached to teens in the early noughties – make a revival, seen clasped to choker necklaces, used as hair accessories, and basically clipped anywhere you can fit them. Like many of the features of Gorey’s FW24 collection, the iPod is reminiscent of the reality of the Y2K high-school style when your iPod was your lifeline. 

Y2K hair and makeup (a first attempt)

Beauty for Sinead Gorey, orchestrated by Aiofe Cullen, was intended to replicate everyone’s first time trying it out. Eye makeup was excessive, packed onto models’ eyelids in bold black and iridescent hues; lipstick appeared in bright purple shades; and Sinead Gorey even resurrected the iconic spiky silicone earrings as facial piercings for FW24. Hair stylist Carlo Avena had models’ walk wearing a variety of looks, from loose hair rollers to side ponytails (it doesn’t get much more Y2K than that).

With Y2K icons Ed Hardy and Steve Madden

Collaborating with two of the most cult teen brands of the early 2000s, Sinead Gorey FW24 featured a throwback to the diamanté-encrusted and tattooed style of Ed Hardy’s iconic designs, seen in a series of baseball caps. The show also included elevated takes on PE footwear via Steve Madden. Between footwear that looked like it had been snatched from your mum’s wardrobe and loafers slightly too platform to meet the school uniform rules, every detail at Sinead Gorey was inspired by her childhood. 

Featured image via SINEAD GOREY

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