2009 September 23
(LONDON) Clements Ribeiro
This season the designers offered up a presentation of models standing on a platform to showcase their “clean slate” of new beginnings. “This is really just a few of our favorite things,” said designer Suzanne Clements. Their favorite things include cashmere striped jumpers and cats – they just got two of their own, and the feline motif emblazoned knitwear, cat’s eyes adorned looks, and cats adorably perched on either sides of the lapels of a pink and black dress. Anna Wintour stopped in to check out their presentation.
The duo behind Peter Pilotto showcased their vibrant summer clothes in the back of a record shop in Soho. Inspired by sun-bleached landscapes of lands far away, they featured masterful prints that resembled fireworks on backgrounds of lightweight chiffon, silk and knitwear. The duo’s draped silhouettes featured a trompe d’oeil effect to replicate a stiff canvas, while an industrial mesh print resembled heavy tweed. The structure of the clothes – nipped-in waists, spiked shoulders – confirmed that these two bright young things on the London scene are ones to watch (that, and the fact that Wintour attended their 9 a.m. show).
Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East roster included Heikki Salonen, Michael Van Der Ham, Holly Fulton, and (most impressively) drew Victoria Beckham to the front row. Heikki Salonen’s clothes had an angsty, grunge-y ‘90s mood, with denim cutoffs, leather bombers and Doc Martens. Michael Van Der Ham’s clothes were a collage of clashing textures, colors and fabrics which combined to make beautiful cocktail dresses and gowns. Finally, Holly Fulton’s Art-Deco inspired collection used the New York skyline as a print. Perpsex, Swarovski crystals and metal panels, as well as graphic necklaces, provided the details.
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