Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Sibling: Collection 5

If you missed their presentation, catch up with the clips:

A different direction in comparison to their previous collection videos but the knit content is as bold as ever.
Directed by Alasdair McLellan.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Street Style Snippet

Took some sneaky paps around LFW D5, can you tell who came in to see Ashish? Sequins and splashes of brights parading around the central venues. Pity I was in an overformal all-black look, although my shadow-like outfit let me stalk around the styles and close up on details. Overgrown knits, ankle sock knits, added trim knits, sheer knits, sequined knits.

Knitwear seems to be just an added feature, an overall or warmer, not always working as a statement piece. Although I always want more knittyness, in a way I'm glad that not everything or everyone is fully knitted as it keeps knitwear as a speciality. It is special. These shots don't even touch on what people have or can do with knitwear, so maybe for now we'll just leave the streets with their own treats shall we?

N.K.N - Christian Blanken S/S11

Sports glam took the podium in the Portico Rooms, on the last Womenswear day at Somerset House, with Christian Blanken going for gold.

With clean cut tailoring and pristine detailing already achieved in previous collections, Blanken's S/S 11 presentation added a Grecian line to soften the edge of the luxe sport look. Palette kept steady and neutral with warming features of cream and gold to lift the serious application of jet black and white.

N.K.N - Ashish S/S 11

Red Indians, and Cowboys, and Sequins? OH MY!

The coolest collection of the day was inevitably brought to you by 'Sequin King' Ashish Gupta. This season he transported us to the Wild West with crease-washed denim, hand-painted cowboy boots and adornments of suede and leather fringing. Once more he sent out what appeared to be printed pieces but drenched in sequins, from covered cowboy shirts to tablecloth patterned ankle-length dresses. With an already signature sports aesthetic, he polished off his S/S 11 style with a street edge combining harem trousers and long shorts with crop tops and sports jackets. Keeping it cool, casual and almost I-borrowed-it-off-my-boyfriend chic. Each model had a headpiece including cowboy hats, trucker caps and bow and arrow style headdresses.

I've always thought using sequins can be risky, in my book you have to get the right consistency. Use subtly and it can be beautiful, but use too little and it can look tacky. Yet I've always preferred something absolutely covered in sequins than just a patch (Would you really wear a sequin-sneezed looking shirt? Really?) So you have no idea how much joy rained over my fashion world when Ashish pimped us out.

It's actually absurd how well these themes go together, and how easy Ashish makes it look. He has the ability of taking a simple staple and transforming it into a statement piece. Each girl was pumping out pure feel-good waves, strolling down the catwalk, and I was totally jealous. My patience on getting in to see the show allowed me to be hurriedly ushered up to the front-left standing corner space, lucky, no? Right where the models came out. It took all my strength to restrain myself from rugby-tackling the girl dressed in polka dot shorts then and there. They should be mine!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Ioannis Dimitrousis S/S 11

One of knithead-nation's favourite showcases from the Somerset House exhibition this season comes 'Balladyna' by Ioannis Dimitrousis.

In true signature style, Dimitrousis will captivate you with his S/S 11 collection and his hypnotic crocheted creatures. Breathing life into six characters from 1834 Polish poem Balladyna, a tragic story revolving around love and a constant battle for power, he presents five astonishing corset and crochet dresses and one jumpsuit. 

Each persona has been reflected in Dimitrousis' looks with remarkable craftsmanship, considering both traditional technique and contemporary fashion. Sculpting and tailoring to the frame, there is excellent embodiment from character to garment, with suggestions of sensuality and hints of hierarchy.

No need to demand attention, each piece will mesmerise you as soon as you enter the room.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Bit of Bebaroque?

Yes please! If you like your pins dressed to impress, Bebaroque will make sure your legs are looking beyond decent.

Spotted at Somerset House exhibition during LFW, Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience combine their intricate skills of embroidery and print to create hand-finished tights. With variations of design, dripping in glistening embellishments as well as hand-painted pairs, all pieces are inspired to dress the skin. Now I'm not a fan of tattoo's, but these tights could easily fix your temporary ink needs.

You can make your skinvestment with Bebaroque in Liberty, Harrods, Selfridges, Urban Outfitters, Apartment C, Miss La La's Boudior, Yates Buchanan, Bordello and Viola.