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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 15:49

Music from the catwalk

Written by Former Member

The intention of any catwalk is to have us covet the clothing, yet few people ever have the opportunity to indulge in the music that sets the mood as each collection unfurls itself in person. That won't be the case of the forthcoming London fashion week, however, with the announcement that a specially curated album will be released to celebrate it.

london fashion week

This season's LFW album, the second in 'The Collection for London Fashion Week' series, is curated and compiled by Matthew Williamson. The album series was launched in September 2010 to celebrate London Fashion Week and the creative relationship between fashion and music through the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and its music partner Sony Music.

The CD will be released straight after London Fashion Week on 28th February and available nationwide from iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Play as well as selected contemporary fashion boutiques. A limited number of albums will also go on sale this week in Matthew Williamson stores and online at www.matthewwilliamson.com.

Fashionising.com will be covering London fashion week when it kicks off later this week. Stay tuned for more.

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Sunday, 03 April 2011 21:45

Bora Aksu darkens the mood

Written by Tania Braukamper

When the ground started to vibrate with the thumping base of Marilyn Manson's Sweet Dreams, it was a clear forewarning of Bora Aksu's gothic inspirations. The London fashion week show then followed through on its promise with a stream of outfits in dark colours and corseted shapes: if Marilyn Manson had sweet dreams, these girls may have had starring roles. But far from being over-the-top Bora Aksu hit a fine balance of goth and girly. Some pieces were deconstructed, but subtly; some incorporated a feminine dandy element of bowties over sheer-panelled shirts.

At it's darkest and most detailed, Bora Aksu's fall 2011 pieces were constructed from skeletal shapes and held together, as if post-autopsy, with thick leather stitching. Stockings dotted with scar-like slits completed Bora Aksu's dark yet wearable offering.

bora aksu at london fashion week

Click on the thumbnails below to see all of the coverage from Bora Aksu's fall 2011 / 2012 collection.

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Friday, 25 March 2011 18:54

Cruella De Vil a Unique inspiration

Written by Tania Braukamper

Just three days into London fashion week and, to the globetrotting fashion set, New York already seems a distant dream. At least, it did until Topshop Unique hit the runway with a feast of 1930s big city Americana. If Cruella De Vil seems an unlikely style icon, consider the inspirations of the autumn 2011 collection and you'll be forced to reconsider: it's all about the culture of luxury and status in the industrial age of America, the show's notes tell us, and Cruella is the collection's poster girl.

It's unsurprising then that the show opened with a Dalmatian print coat, followed by a slew of models, puppy-nosed and with poodle-esque double topknots. Unique don't hold back on the opulence with feathers, furs, luxe velvets and rich prints - and yet for all its Cruella-like excess it's still got the young, fresh feel you'd expect. The (somewhat cliche, but effective none the less) Deco motifs of whippets, luxury cars, and 30s architecture carry through on a variety of garments. But while some of the more casual daywear pieces are a little to the cutesy side, its the evening wear - a patchwork of old world glamour meets modern cool - that will likely be the biggest hit with the Topshop girl.

topshop unique fall 11

The full gallery of runway photos from Topshop Unique's autumn (fall) / winter 2011 collection are now online. You can see them all by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the gallery.

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Monday, 21 March 2011 03:53

Sado short on symmetry

Written by Tania Braukamper

Sado's fall 2011 collection is one that's all about the little differences: the addition of pretty lace panels, subtle floral prints, a leather belt purse with tasseled straps... But the most stand-out features are the asymmetrical hems that sweep down the London fashion week runway.

sado at london fashion week

View the full runway coverage, as photographed by Simon Ackerman, at the gallery below.

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Friday, 29 April 2011 05:56

Issa: glam country appeal

Written by Tania Braukamper

Bringing on a feeling of glam 70s, Issa's autumn / fall 2011 showing kicked off its London fashion week showing with model Abbey Lee Kerhsaw more than working the catwalk to the sound of Candi Staton's Young Hearts Run Free. The colour palette was richly autumnal: teals, plums, frosty greys and chocolate browns infused their way into printed silks and thick jersey. The feeling was equestrian-cum-country elegance - but with a masterful injection of sexual confidence.

issa autumn 2011

So how exactly does one inject sex into a collection of bow blouses, jodhpurs, maxi-skirts, and exaggerated horse-inspired ponytails? For autumn 2011 Issa did it by balancing opacity with skin, fabric with form - floor length skirts had high slits, and that which was flowing was counterbalanced by something antithetically skin-hugging. Blouses had keyhole fronts, dresses played with cutaway backs. And like any good county elegance theming, the collection was accessorized with gold - chunky gold, of course.

All the photos from Issa's autumn / winter 2011 / 2012 can be found below. You can see the entire catwalk, including detail shots, by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery.

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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:30

Nicole Farhi: high on shine

Written by Tania Braukamper

Nicole Farhi's models stepped on to the London fashion week runway with slick ponytails and bold red lips - the lips being the focal point of an otherwise natural beauty look. The hair and makeup was perfectly complimentary to a collection based on clean lines and block colours. But while Farhi's pieces were minimal on the colour front, they weren't lacking in detail. Fabrics were high sheen, completely sheer, sequinned or leathery. Some tuxedo-inspired pieces were particularly wearable in a masculine-as-feminine way; while the overall highlight from Farhi's autumn / fall 2011 collection was the swishing, shimmering vision of Tao Okamoto in a floor length pleated gown.

nicole farhi autumn 2011

You can see all of Nicole Farhi's autumn (fall) / winter 2011/ 2012 collection by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the photos.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:15

Christopher Kane: grandma chic

Written by Katie Wright

You know you've got a hot ticket on your hands at London fashion week when you find yourself schlepping halfway across the city to get to the venue. That's what those of us who aren't quite important enough to have a chauffeur driven Mercedes had to do to get to Christopher Kane's autumn / fall 2011 show on Monday morning. Lesser designers wouldn't dare to position themselves so far away from the main drag lest they deter the public transport-averse fashion pack from attending. No such problem for Mr Kane. The likes of Anna Wintour, Emmanuelle Alt and Daphne Guinness assembled in the far from glamorous surrounds of a concrete basement in west London for one of the most highly anticipated shows of the week.

Why so much anticipation? Simply because Kane's collections have been so consistently strong since his debut in 2006. Often, this strength lies in taking an ostensibly dowdy starting point - last season it was prim and proper Princess Margaret - and turning it on its head. Likewise, today the show opened with the kind of square blanket crochet that you'd sooner expect to see on your Grandma's sofa. It was transformed into surprisingly chic black and blue knee length skirts and even meshed with one of Kane's perennial winter favourites, black leather.

arizona muse at christopher kane
Photo: vogue.it

But the crochet motif was just for starters. The bread and butter of the collection was a glut of black knee-length dresses, elevated to seductive sci-fi territory with the addition of panels and edges of curvy plastic strips in bluey-green and pinky-purple lava lamp tones. Sheer panels, low-cut backs and midriff cut-outs added extra sex appeal. Kicking into even higher gear, the show closed with half a dozen transparent sequin-covered dresses in pale degradé mauve and sea green. The overall effect was of the most exquisite bubble wrap you've ever seen, enhanced with more of those liquid latex squiggles. And with that, it's probably safe to say that thanks to securing another superbly executed collection under his belt, the golden boy of London Fashion Week can carry on staging his shows in as far-flung destinations as he likes.

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 14:33

Amanda Wakeley's sculpted lines

Written by Daniel P Dykes

Collections that rely on lines to draw focus usually do so with a heavily architectural, modernist slant. Not so of Amanda Wakeley's autumn 2011 collection. Wakeley may have offered up to London fashion week a collection that takes full advantage of the effect lines have on drawing the eye and shaping a figure, but at its core Wakeley's forthcoming collection is one whose fabric flourishes tended more towards sculpture than towards architecture.

That feeling of sculptured elegance is evident throughout. Shoulders on dresses roll gently into short sleeves, the firmness of the fabrication visually clear. Hips are flared through the use of additional fabric, giving a sense of the modern. Necklines offer up detail without embellishment, cloth cut to sit firm with a hint of neo-futurism. Entire pieces rebel against the collection's largely relaxed cut by being so trim in their proportions that they seem to have been crafted directly on each model's figure, as opposed to the reality of the fact that they were put on in haste backstage.

amanda wakeley fall 11

For all the sculpting, howevver, there is still one cut that sticks clear in my mind. It's best to describe it as akin to a tennis dress; cut of white cloth, the two dresses which featured cut to this shape offered up trim torso. Their skirting element wasn't. Cut with a heavily relaxed wave, it was perfect in its shortness, its ability to reveal nothing more than leg, and, much more importantly, it's wafting flow. Few short hemlines have moved as well at the shows we've been privy to at recent fashion weeks.

Two such cuts may have caught my eye, but it was clear that guests of the fairer sex had different ideas. They were more enraptured by the collection's gowns. Embellished in golds, jet blacks and greys, it's true to say that while they had appreciated the skill behind the structured pieces, the embellished gowns (and perhaps, all the embellished pieces) spurred on their imaginations. As a result iPhones and point-and-shoot camera thrust into the air to capture each look. A good sign of approval, if ever there was one.

To see all the photos of Amanda Wakeley's autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 collection click on the thumbnails below and browse through the gallery.

/images/201105021657473575.jpgA peak behind the scenes at Amanda Wakeley (28.2.11)

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