Monday, 7 June 2010

Editor @ Large . . . GFW Birmingham

Birmingham graduate Anna Russell was one of my favourites of the show. The collection entirely in nude leather and cream chiffon was really clever and I loved the leather laser cuts that made the fabric look like perforated armour. The silhouettes ranged from full length straight skirts, to swimsuit style body suits, the harshness of the leather accented with the softness and sheerness of the chiffon. It very much reflected the underwear as outerwear trend and although the cuts often weren't as streamlined as leather commands, the conceptual ideas were solid.
My favourite prints came from Jessica Day, again featured the trend of the day (cartoons) and I fell in love with the robot tights and the orange lego brick bustier with built in robot, was again conceptually genius. The final outfit was a full tulle skirt, with a cropped marching band jacket, with exaggerated shoulders and the most gigantic fur, hat. Toy-tastic.

Other collections to note came from Emily McNally who's crazy country, eclectic collection of mismatched prints was very 'of the moment' and mixed gold lame with ditzy floral with ease. I particularly loved the cream, rose print, chiffon blouse (divine) and the ruffle back knickers.

My favourite of the bunch was Ling Luu whose block coloured collection was fantastic, swing leather jackets with hoods (in both orange and blue) and draped front jackets in violet, teamed with peg legs, showed strong cutting and styling skills its was very visually effective.

Finally piece to remember (and a sure fire hit) were Hannah Newman's cosmetic surgery leggings, in white, with black 'cut here' style line drawings, fab!

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