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London Fashion Weekend: The Catwalk

Monday 28 February 2011

London Fashion Weekend moved into Somerset House this weekend, boasting infinite excitement and a dynamic hub matching that of LFW ’11, which had moved out earlier in the week.  Sponsored by Vodafone, the event sported a Catwalk show to die for, with hair styled by Toni&Guy, and make up styled by Elizabeth Arden, the eager fashionistas had only the S/S ’11 clothing collections to await!

London Fashion Weekend put on a vibrant show, made exceptional by skilled styling, modelling, and production, and accompanied by electrifying drum and bass music.  The first of the collections was titled ‘Swan Vesta’, as inspired by the recent release of film ‘Black Swan’.  This collection provided an antithesis to the pop brights and colour-blocking of 2011’s Spring Summer collections. Styled by Miss Molly at Mandy Coakley Represents, the collection sported monochrome and pastel pieces from Jasper Conran, Miu Miu, and Gemma Lister to name a few!  These flowing, dream-like garments created an ironically theatrical impact, with garments such as Rebecca Bradley’s Silver Fox Collar continuing to generate murmurs of appreciation from the audience as it reappeared in two of the styled looks.  Alexander Wang and Agent Provocateur were also designers of the most dynamic garments of the ‘Swan Vesta’ catwalk collection; Wang’s top and bra combo, and garters from the Agent Provocateur collection created particular excitement amongst the audience.

The next collection to grace the catwalk was the Bora Aksu Spring Summer 2011 collection.  This London-based Turkish born designer is currently creating a stir in the Fashion world, and has most recently won the Topshop New Gen Award four times consecutively!  This collection certainly did not compromise the high expectations we have of this designer; statement-making blacks in contrast with sophisticated neutrals, strong linear tailored garments in contrast with graceful frills, this collection sports a plethora of fabrics and ticks all the boxes.  His looks often combined soft chiffons or silks with strong Gaga-esque style dresses, ripped in order to create a spider-web effect.

This powerfully electric collection certainly didn’t disappoint the Bora Aksu followers.

Lady Brights, the second collection styled by Miss Molly at Mandy Coakley Represents, is described as ‘an eccentric English Lady’s take on the incredibly prevalent bright colour blocking trend seen on the Catwalks’, and the description didn’t fail to live up to the styling.  The collection sported pieces from Luella, Acne, and Christopher Kane, who described the trend as ‘Princess Margaret on Acid’.  The whole collection was a vivid success, styling neons against pastels, and colourful fairytale-style accessories.  Miss Molly suggested to the audience that accessories were an instant way to update your wardrobe in order to accommodate for this trend, and each model was styled with neon acrylic tiaras and headbands.

The show ended with a bang as Mark Fast’s Spring Summer 2011 collection landed on the catwalk.  This Canadian born designer is best known for tackling the size zero debate, and bringing innovative stitching techniques to British Fashion.  This collection certainly lived up to the intricate stitching that he is so famous for; bodycon dresses made up the bare bones of his designs, but the Mark Fast twist on these looks generated the most excitement from the audience.  A striking black catsuit was the first garment to appear on the catwalk, adorned with tassels hanging from the arms and legs, and creating an instant impact which kept the audience hooked for the remainder of the show.  The bodycon dress designs which followed were intricately embellished with jewels-galore, each hand-stitched, and styled with stacked wedge shoes from Christian Louboutin’s collection.  The final piece to hit the catwalk was one to leave the audience in stunned silence; a full-length white bodycon dress, with tassels making up almost the entire skirt, made the model look positively angelic as the light followed her flowing figure down the catwalk, and marked a dynamic end to a positively brilliant catwalk show.