Saturday, 21 May 2011

LFW Day 1: Sass & Bide, Felder Felder and Falguni & Shane Peacock

On a cold and dull London afternoon, what could be better than a burst of colour and energy that makes you dream of escaping to warmer, bohemian climates - and some jaunty circus like music to make you laugh...which is how Sass & Bide kicked off their A/W 11 show yesterday (18.2.11).
'Boogie and the Historymaker' was a collision of block colours, some sequin dipped pieces, textures like suede weaving and silk scalloping, hand-painted wraps and S&B's signature Tribal ikat prints; all set to an eye-catching colour palette collision of red, tangerine and fluorescent melon - combined with more earthy shades like mustard and terracotta.
There were cocktail dresses, sleeveless tops, long flowing dresses, wraps, jackets, body-hugging pants and minis - some embellished with woven belts and tribalesque accessories - and high-waisted slim-lined pants teamed with thick beaded belts.
Twiggy - dressed in a nod to military style - joined by model and presenter Lisa Snowdon and singer Paloma Faith on the frow, raved about the Aussie duo after the show saying, "their colours were so gorgeous".
And as designers Sarah Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton said, "This season's girl is free spirited and strangely wonderful, she'll be wearing this collection everywhere."
And I couldn't agree more...I WANT EVERYTHING!
So after last season's not very signature like use of colour, the Felder Felder twins brought their dark rock'n'roll aesthetic back to the catwalk, along with an injection of all things gothic for A/W 11.
Set against a predominantly petrol-like black and ink blue colour palette, almost every piece in the collection could form part of Rihanna or Lady GaGa's wardrobe - with high waisted spray-on hand-painted leather metallic skinnies, uber tight leather bodices and shoulder pads draped in goat hair - detailing which carried through to waist bands and cuffs.
There were also eisblume flower crystal embellished leather biker jackets, owl feather digital print dresses, floaty dresses teamed with studded belts and cross back straps, sheer maxi skirts and skater dresses - most pieces gave a nod to grunge style, but with a more refined silhouette - and talking of grunge, if anyone knows who that Jim Morrison lookalikee in the front row was, email me....because he was kinda hot!
Set to a thumping techno techno! backing track - if you like urban, rough'n'tough and robust, but still with a quirky feminine edge, then this collection should be in your wardrobe for winter.
Embellishment and more embellishment pretty much sums up the Falguni and Shane Peacock show, which ran with an eclectic mix of textures, prints and detailing like sequins, feathers, appliqué and crochet lace over sheer body-con dresses and bodies, and the odd jumpsuit too.
In case you didn't already know, F&SP count Madonna and Britney among their celebrity fans, with the design duo having created Britney's dress in the video for her latest single "Hold It Against Me' - a red and pink design with a long train, structured shoulders and surprise surprise....lots of embellishment!
The show was an atmospheric affair, with the sexy bondage and latex theme helped along by heavy underground club music and the odd person on the third row opposite me who turned up in a full black latex bodysuit (head to toe), leather biker jacket and a black wig?! At first I thought Cher had come in her gimp suit in disguise, but then I realised it's just fashion week......anything and anyone can happen!


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