Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Editor @ Large . . . William Tempest

Last season was Tempest's first season and judging by the buzz and queue from February we knew to arrive early! We were practically first in line and with a slight delay in the running time (when is there not!) our feet were not happy!
When we finally made it into the show area, we rushed to perch on the last remaining seats (there is no grace in fashion). The show started and as usual I loved the choice in music!
It started off all scratchy before moving into some thumping beats. The models paraded in Will's usual divine designs, that combined body con perfection and sleek silhouettes that were later littered and embellished in over sized ruffles.
I love William Tempest, not simply for the hype, but more appropriately for his skill in pattern cutting. Understanding only a smidge of what he must go through to create such objects of beauty. I can see straight away how each set of seams details and panels are utilised to create the perfect shape.
William definitely learnt from his last collection, taking the most perfect elements of A/W 09 and developing and playing with it further to create his next, well received selection. The armour style peplums that came from the waist were developed into multi layers and then twisted and relocated around the body to create ruffles, that ranged from single layers, to masses of fabric. Will somehow managed to mix a body-con look with over-sized structure and his dresses truly are the art sculpture of fashion.
There was an almost sixties feel to some dresses that had a shift style with cut out, cage hems. There were dresses with cage structures over the top that show how Tempest is constantly trying, playing and experimenting. The heart of a true designer!
While I enjoyed the drapery of the maxi/grecian style pieces less, I was wowed by his structural and tailored jackets that were simply so divine and detailed that I am lost for word as how to describe them.
The colour palette was very in tune with what I've seen this week and the nude, peach, monochrome and lilac hues were gorgeous. And although I was loving the drapery I want all the gunmetal lurex pieces, very wet look, very fab.
Most coveted piece of the collection? Everyone left talking about the lilac jumpsuit! It's only a matter of time before it's running around the red carpet!

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