DESIGNER Cath Kidston’s winter collection merges rustic chic with nuclear war imagery.
In the surprisingly bleak ‘Nuclear Winter’ collection, Kidston’s trademark ‘rose’ print will be replaced by a pattern of grotesquely mutated embryos with single bulging eyes and lumpy, protruding foreheads.
Cath Kidston said: “While pottering around the bucolic splendour of my Cotswolds home, I came to contemplate the extinction of human life in a sea of atomic fire.
“Recent world events suggest that as far as nuclear destruction goes, it’s not ‘when’ but ‘if’.
“I’ve reflected this sense of unavoidable doom in a series of effortlessly feminine mutant fetus-patterned dresses, mushroom cloud tablecloths and radiation-proof ‘forever bags’.”
Kidston’s high street stores will be remodelled to reflect the aftermath of a nuclear strike, with shattered windows, charred human remains and members of staff on fire.
Middle-aged woman Emma Bradford said: “At first I was a bit shocked, but the tiny screaming faces are done in such a way they actually look very pretty.
“I shall be wearing my mutant fetus dress to a spa pamper day this weekend.”