Author: Karen Grace

London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013: Corrie Neilsen

Titled ‘Florilegium’ and inspired by flora and fauna, Corrie Nielsen’s SS13 collection shows her designer talents are in full bloom and thriving. Although the literal meaning is ‘the gathering of flowers’ Florilegium refers to the medieval botanical books that recorded and accurately illustrated flowers. Through her signature sculpted and elaborate tailoring, Nielsen recreates petals, sepals, stamens and anthers in the form of ruffles, peplums and large loose tie-necks.   Here, metallic silk is shaped around the entire body as a giant all-encompassing peony rose.   Sleeves varied from the wide bulbous to slit like pods keeping the arms held securely to the side.   The colour palette is delicate with light shades of vanilla, ivory and blush pinks.   Her main inspiration was that of Kew Gardens. Not just the plants but also the glass house architecture as she flips Kew’s Victorian Palm House inside out with folds of leaves wrapping around a transparent glass like bodice.   Nielsen was also inspired by computer graphics artist Makoto Mutayama’s botanical blueprints where he sketches the inner cavity of a flower and then creates in 3D digital.   Couture headwear continued the floral theme with milliner Emma Yeo showcasing her SS13 ‘Lucidus Lilum’ collection. Each headpiece was inspired by the petal of the Japanese Mountain Lily (Lilium Auratum) and was constructed to emulate the lucidity and purity of botanical linear illustrations....

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Wella Professionals at London Fashion Week

The clothes and designers are obviously the star attraction at London Fashion Week, but to help them shine they do need the expert and creative help of the makeup artist and of course the hair stylist. Here we check out the hairstyle created by Wella Professionals for the Mary Katrantzou catwalk show and her Spring/Summer 2013 collection. A collection of which was inspired by bank notes and postage stamps around the world. The Look: Graphic Couture The hair is pulled tightly away from the face with all the volume at the back of the head as a top layer of hair covers a hidden bun and so creates an elongated side profile. This allowed the audience to clearly notice the model’s clean dewy makeup and thick dramatic navy eyeliner. As she passed by the aerodynamics of the side profile came into view and when she turned away, the intricacy of the bun was shown. Eugene Souleiman, The Global Creative director of Wella Professionals, said: ‘The Mary Katrantzou collection was slick, graphic and very conceptual and I wanted to create an elegant, almost couture-like style to bring a sense of sharpness into the look. There is a tension in the hairstyle, lifting the face and giving the girls beautiful bone structure, adding richness and refinement to the look’ Get the Look Spray Wella Professionals Create Character Texturizing Spray into the...

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013: Fyodor Golan

The first of the the catwalk shows I attended this season took place in the grand surroundings of the Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton hotel. Fyodor Golan (Designer duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman) The collection titled The Holy Mountain drew its inspirations from Alejandro Jodorowky’s spiritual film ‘The Holy Mountain’ and also ‘The Blue Tattoo’, a book on the true story of Olive Oatman, a Victorian Mormon girl whose family were massacred by a Native American tribe while she and her sister were taken captive. Vibrant Royal blue with pristine white made the first dramatic entrance along...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Topman Design

This season Topman Design concentrates on texture and keeps its colour palette black creating a dark sensual and cultural look of the young Robert Mapplethorpe and in keeping with his black and white Polaroid images. Coats are belted and in rich textured fabrics such as, soft boucle, hi-shine PVC, lurex and thick wool pile. The styles of the jackets have a relaxed tailored look with the asymmetric zip design and rich fabrics used, making them ideal to wear over suits as well as with casual jeans. (Right) Leather pants taper at the bottom and are rolled up slightly to...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Prophetik for men by Jeff Garner

Last season (Spring/Summer 2012) ethical designer Jeff Garner took a break from London Fashion Week, but this season he’s back. Titled ‘Courtly Love’, Garner was inspired by Princess Grace and her noble gentleman who courted her.(image 11 & 12) Not sure why the first models had a Scottish theme but it’s always great to see a man in a kilt. (Top right) Here a red tartan kilt and sporran style bag was paired with waistcoat and red check shirt giving a rugged look. The next outfit was more dapper with a plain grey kilt teamed with a dark red jacket,...

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