I think often of an iconic recruitment poster for the Source Family. On it an earthy, beautiful young woman named Robin (but who went by Mother Ahom in the cult) smiles knowingly in a black-and-white photograph with her long, thick hair loose and wild, looking as if she is a cat who ate the cream of enlightenment. Underneath her face are the words “Wanted: Women Who Are Fed Up With Material Existence And Who Are Ready to Hear Who They Are And Why They Are.” I often think about how it would have been impossible for me to resist such a call if I had been wandering down Sunset Boulevard looking for purpose in the early 70s. Who among us doesn’t want to know who we are and why we are?
Of course, I am not yet a woman who is fed up with material existence. As I look at the beautiful young people gathered together in the rainforest in Prada clothes, looking like a nouveau Source Family but from a much more stylish planet, my first thought is: Screw nirvana, I want all the jackets. Give me stripes and shimmering sequins pouring down my chest. Give me beautiful copper suede and shimmery paillettes, give me colour-blocked tunics in terracotta and cherry red. In the end, Technicolor and utopias can co-exist. I may not yet know who I am, but I would happily join a cult if Prada made the uniforms. These clothes make me feel ready to see the light.
Photography: Charles Dennington
Hair: Gavin Anesbury at Vivien’s Creative
Make-up: Molly Warkentin at Company 1
Photography Assistant: Peter Van Alphen
Make-up Assistant: Rob Povey
Models: Sebastian Boddeus & Patrick at The Agency, Viva & Yaya at Chic, Ashlee & Junior at Debut, Sam Callaghan, Alex & Lilla at Jaz Daly Management, Brooke Durrant & Cassie at London, Ruby Campbell at Priscillas, Emma & Gem at Work