Florida born Corrie Nielsen really blew us away with her stunning and staggeringly beautiful designs this year at LFW. Corrie moved to London in 2000 and was a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art. From 2000-2006 she worked for Vivienne Westwood. Her work with Vivienne has allowed her to become an audacious designer in her own right. Corrie was in her element this year with the strong Florilegium botanical themed collection we also witnessed some fascinating sculptural shapes. Corrie's collection had the audience captivated from the outset, most of the attendees in the show were on the edge of their seats. The collection was visionary, bold and unusual. Some of the outfits and dresses were literally like big flowers about to blossom or large, layered petals in coils of roses. Her showpieces were highly regarded and desirable. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the gorgeous and extravagant volume, avant-garde structured dress it was just so big! I couldn't believe my eyes when I gazed over some of the dress coats, they had round backs and coarse looking shoulder work. Precision was definitely factored in to this collection. One of FashionThirst's favourite pieces was the startling, tropical dress. The leaf work was intricate in essence and the bodice glowed sporadically. The dusky pink silk number was accompanied by a flamboyant headdress and let's not forget those pretty little dip dyed dresses and twist cut trousers, all these cuts in addition to the large overskirts and avante garde dresses had us all mesmerised. We gasped at each entrance on to the catwalk. The chins were wagging immediately after the grande finale. This was certainly a showpiece of a collection that will go down in LFW history and to think this was inspired by a quick trip to Kew Botanical Gardens in South West London! Perhaps we should all visit the Garden of Eden from time to time to fully appreciate her inspirations and visual projections. Corrie also mentioned after the show that she transferred actual blueprints of plants in to sculpted designs. Corrie equals talent.
Written by Monica P Cummings .Ba Hons .MA Photographer Christopher Dadey
Monique Lhuillier, known mainly for her gowns, showcased her spring collection at New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently. There was a lace gown theme with crepe drapes, we also saw tulle overlays and one-shoulder tiered gowns in more crepe, some were embroidered with sparkly beads and had low backs others with strapless corsets, the palette overall included blues, greens, maroon, gold and a dash of purple. The scale of fish-scale prints was the highlight of the show, this outfit needed blown up scales with teal-colored chiffon layering. It reminded me of a corporate mermaid going to work in the height of the summer. Stiff, coarse and heavy material gave the fabrics shape and the appropriate impact most buyers look for. The gold, coral-embellished sculpted gown has got to be FashionThirst's fave outfit out of the collection. There was definitely a sense of sea, coral, sea shells, aqua variants, mermaids and oceanic waves throughout the show. Perhaps that's why the FashionThirst team felt like going for a swim straight after ! The monochrome swimsuits brought a long overdue, refreshing air of simplicity to swim wear. Bikini/Swimwear season maybe over stateside but for us in Europe holiday season is all year round we get generous annual leave entitlement (but how long for with the crash of the Euro ?) so we are more than happy to view these new designs. All in all a delightful show, a true reflection of innovative designs influenced by experiences outdoors/overseas now maybe it's time to book that beach holiday maybe after London Fashion Week has ended.
Jasper Garvida's collection at London Fashion Week was welcomed with rounds of applause. The FashionThirst crew sat in eager but patient mode in the Bloomsbury Hotel's grand ballroom, it was certainly packed and full to the brim with bloggers, stylists, designers, fashion PR gurus and fashion students respectively. I was trying to work out if Garvida was a Castellano Spanish surname or Portuguese; it turns out that Jasper is Philippino but grew up in Canada. He moved to London to study at St Martin's and hasn't looked back since. Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.
The collection was made up of an array of Russian/Soviet style military coats with gold zipper pulls neatly aligned, the colour palette ranged from black to olive with some hints of navy and camel beiges. Lots of golden embroidery around the necklines and cuffs. Many of the overcoats were overstated with draped straps, chains and tassles. All the models were at least 6 foot 3 (minimum) they were like graceful giraffes wandering through fields of tulips. The background ambient music mustered up Spring like emotions. One dress that got the crowd gasping was a flamboyant, black deep pocketed dress, embellished with bar sequins in the shape of rectangles. The structured silhouettes were tidy and uniform. Some of the dresses were made of wool, abstract prints were used and the skirts were either pencil or flared. FashionThirst's favourite dress was the camel coloured creation with gold buttons and matching beige ankle boots. The striped olive dress would be perfect Spring office attire. Her stylish but simple, glossy, nude brogues reminded me of mine. I think I left them in my friend's flat in Cairo well before the football stadium rampage that is !! We loved the stockings and brogues, the textures and prints all in all an innovative, interesting and elegant presentation which stayed within the boundaries of the palette and the stuctured silhouettes. We left the Garvida collection with a spring in our steps.
Monica P Cummings Ba Hons., MA, Chief Editor at FashionThirst