Sunday, 21 February 2010

LFW days 2 & 3.

Mary Katrantzou
 I have to say i adored this collection. I thought the excection of the prints were genius, and nothing like I've seen before (except for Alexander McQueen's S/S 2010 collection which this shows some similarities to)  - almost trompe l'oeil like, with lots of lace and texture thrown in. There was something very unique about them, which overall made for a beautifully eclectic collection. 

This collection was very rock n roll in presentation, with a dark edge to the short, body con dresses and the maxi's. Its PPQ doing what they do best - and that's why London loves them! 

Mark Fast
Master of knitwear, Fast showed a wide range of pieces both in body con and stepping slightly out of his comfort zone with draped pieces, which worked wonderfully well. Jeweled colours corresponded with the designs, giving them more presence and adding a whole lot of edge. Also one of few designers who sends plus sized models down the catwalk. Personally i think more designers should take notes from Fast regarding what is seen as an 'issue'. 
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 Richard Nicoll
It was all about tailoring at Richard Nicoll's show on Sunday. That and a blue colour palette in various shades. I thought the collection was beautiful. It was all so cool, easy and simply effortless. That's what i like so much about his work -  the quality and design triumph over focus on styling or anything else.

Matthew Williamson
A loyal fan of Matthew Williamson, i couldnt possibly say anything negative about his collection, and i dont think anyone else could either. Doing what hes known for - colour, print and an exotic theme - Williamson's collection will be perfect for summer days (and nights) and will never go out of style. 

 Vivienne Westwood
This collection was pure Westwood. After a long and incredibly successful career, it would be shameful to not recognise Vivienne's designs at first sight. Her edgy, grunge, punk aesthetic has become something of a british institution in there own right, and this was no exception. Thick printed tights, leggings, big hair and of course tartan were all back. We love you Viv. 

Betty Jackson

 The words i would use to describe this collection, are cute and cool. 

Louise Goldin
 Goldin described her collection as "space military" and that it was. It was futuristic, sculptural, graphic and a much better version of a star trek outfit. As we have come to know over the past few seasons, Goldin is the queen of knitwear, up there with Mark Fast - who both share the same incredible talent of exquisite knitwear craftmanship. Whilst not being to my personal taste, i loved this collection. I thought it was a testament to Goldins hard work and a great indication of a highly successful career she has ahead of her.
Tailoring was key at Aquascutum's show. Creative director Micheal Herz, said his inspirations were a french lieutenant woman, and the stormy sea in a turner painting. The floor length coats, belted waists, gold gowns - and not to mention a runway full of the worlds most beautiful models, including Abbie Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn - cemented Aquascutum's presence amongst the high class designers at fashion week.   

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