Monday, 20 February 2017
Sunday, 19 February 2017
One of my favourite aspects of fashion week is the chance to see inside London buildings that I'd never get the chance to view otherwise. Edeline Lee presented her show in the Oxo Tower up a winding staircase filled with the sounds of concert pianist Belle Chen playing on the ground floor. As the collection was inspired by Dada collage artist Hannah Hock, the set also used the photomontage shapes and colours in painted panels. As you can see in the last photo there were also screens of film footage looping the same layered atmosphere which was the real icing on the cake of this well constructed experience. Just the kind of thing I like.............. turning a regular catwalk show format on its head and having fun at the same time.
Matty Bovan's section of the Fashion East show held at the Tate with set design by William Farr & makeup by Miranda Joyce. The collection of hand-crafted knits and crochet is his backlash to mass production of the corporate fashion market. Matty purposefully pieced and felted panels of end-of-run-yarns to fabricate garments of value and virtue. These were styled with perspex visors and Bladerunner-esque makeup to create a mash of worlds from the Medieval roots of his home-town York with sci-fi film's dystopian future. I loved this move into tribal textiles in earth tones from last season's hi-vis palette and pattern. It's still unmistakably his vision with Fimo & crystal accessories but this time tied up with drift-wood to take it into AW17.
See SS17 here.