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LFW:Holly Fulton

Sunday 18 September 2011
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In the packed BFC tent everyone from Colin McDowell to Susie Bubble wanted to know what would appear at the Holly Fulton show. As the show opened to 60’s shifts in yellow checkerboards, leather black and blue frilled hems and trademark Fulton Deco-Africana prints, everyone suddenly emerged with their cameras desperately trying to catch what their eyes could see, a game of Tetris on the catwalk.

The Models appeared strong, almost like Art Deco skyscrapers and as the collection continued the skyscraper came crashing down to sea level as cropped Zebra Bombers exposing the midriff were teamed with digital prints of shells and jellyfish turning the models into underwater sirens. Continuing this seaside theme which was inspired by Slim Aarons’s photographs of US poolside scenes from the late 60’s and 70’s, black leather minis were embroidered with red coral, whilst tunic shaped dresses were sequined with a sparkling midday sunshine, like an image from a vintage postcard.

It was a collection of visually striking frivolity with a resulting look of Shelley Winters on a cheap trip to Margate and has left me desperate to see what will be on the Great British publics backs next summer as I would be more than happy to see a sea of Underwater Tetris printed Sirens walking down the streets of London.