Monday, 5 March 2012

London Fashion Week - Part 2: The Collections

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Sister by Sibling - This label from designers Sid Bryan and Joe Bates is, as the name suggests, Sister brand to men's knitwear label Sibling. Sister delivered barrels of fun in the shape of sequins, leopard print, neon colours and sparkle. This collection which included neon cashmere pants seeks attention and the mini version of the collections modelled by Barbies really drew a crowd. 

 Nasir Mazhar – I am a BIG fan of this guy!Inspired by dancehall, street, grime, youth culture head wear and accessory designer Mazhar’s collections are deeply routed in the East London scene. With his studio routed in Dalston no wonder he can create bags that are on every hipster’s wish list.

Craig Lawrence – To say he’s doing some amazing things with knitwear is an understatement.Lawrences experimental use of textiles resulted in a mesmerising collection of glittery must have pieces.
Louise Gray – Another designer living and working in East London (Mazhar designed the headpieces  for her collection) Gray never fails to deliver high drama. watch and enjoy!

Meadham Kirchoff – As per, this design duo got everyone hot under the collars with anticipation and boy did they deliver. A rainbow no-less. This collection was a true carnival for the eyes.
Ashish – Another quirky and fresh collection from Ashish. Yet another  nod to the nineties, this was fun and cheerful collection is seriously new rave and includes motifs ranging from smiley faces to Buddhas,remindeing everbody to ‘Be Happy’next season.
Ashish AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory

Ashish AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory

Mark Fast - knitwear with a nod to the 90's. Cropped sweaters and beanies layering and tube skirts seem fresh again now.
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Michael Van Der Ham - A stunning stand out collection from this Central Saint Martins graduate. Impressiveuse of colour and texture meant that it wasn't just the clothes people were pining for. Van Der Hams captured childish joy in bag form with pateches of vivid colour, sparkle and pastel zips. These are a must have!

Holly Fulton - Yet again Fulton's collection was reliably inspiring mixing more fabulous colours and graphic print. There's still that strikingly modern nod to deco but in this collection you could detect an aquatic vibe as well with coral motifs, shells and aquatic fringing. 

David Koma - Koma has already made quite a name for himself designing stunning statement dresses loved by celebrities including Cheryl Cole and Beyonce but it is with this stunning collection that we really get to know the talent. I personally described this collection as items a mermaid would wear to a rave but that doesn't quite do the use of texture and colour justice. Best to just marvel.
That's it for a bulk of the collections from London Fashion week but I will be looking at some other designers and ideas in some future posts. Tasters: neon, architecture and shoes and croc bags. Til then!

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