More delayed London Fashion Week posts coming 'atcha! Never has a surname been so apt, as little over two years ago Mark Fast completed his MA at Central St Martins and has since worked with Bora Aksu, Loewe and Pinko whilst teaching the masses that Knitwear wasn't just about grannies and jumpers, but about web-like structures and body-hugging silhouettes. His aesthetic has grown steadily, adding fringing, beads and Swarovski crystals along the way as well as sparking debate over his model choices. Remember this post where I met 'plus-size' model Hayley Morley in one of his creations, during a trip to the loo? She wasn't on the catwalk this season and there wasn't so much normality represented, though that didn't put me off in the slightest. This season it was purely about the clothes, designed to express disintegration and restoration using colour and feather-like knits.
The collection started off with a few signature black LBD's, the first with it's sheer layer underneath a grid-like structure being one of my favourites and harping back to the cut-out trend I'd identified earlier in the week. Colour is then slowly introduced along with crystals and translucent panels expressing the destroyed exotic land he wanted to create populated with birds and butterflies, even down to the reptile-print Christian Louboutin heels. Models strutted wearing various colours of the spectrum and just when you think the show has reached it's natural conclusion, another girl floats out wearing a long white fringed dress, a dream wedding creation. The collection seemed to channel elements of the past, such as 1920s flapper girls with the dropped waists and feathers and the ease of the 70s hippie movement that next summer seems to be heading slightly towards. If you check out my video below, you'll see the moment where I actually trip down some steps due to being simply mesmerised!
I also spied some pieces from the diffusion 'Faster' collection at the exhibition stand and also on some of his assistants at the venue. It's still pretty pricey yet reflects the mainline collection with the openwork detail and slinky silhouettes, and looks perfect for layering under more traditional knitwear for a unique look. I'm strangely attracted to the unitard, can't think why...
Here's a close-up shoe picture; very surprised that none of the models did a Burberry in the custom made Louboutins! What did you think of the show? Can you see yourself in a knitted wedding dress?