It's been a whirlwind few days at London Fashion Week and I've somewhat recovered from hours of rushing around in heels without a nibble or anywhere to sit. With the addition of my new camera, I've had to do some serious multi-taking and the next series of posts should really be called 'How Kristabel managed Manual Mode' as I've really had to think on my feet within the catwalk environment. Although Style.com and Vogue have perfectly polished photography of every show, I still like to attempt to take my own photos (the slightly smug feeling of never needing to credit anyone helps) and to capture the moment I saw a certain detail. Each eye sees things differently and the whole point of bloggers being at fashion week is to provide a unique perspective on the various events. Somehow I managed to cobble up a semi decent yet manageable schedule allowing me to discover new designers and reacquaint myself with some old ones, which also resulted in thousands of photos and having to free up some vital space on the laptop. Now I've processed all of the colours, shapes and shoes I can attempt to share my findings over the next week or so in the best way I see fit. Enjoy!
I guess it wasn't a good idea to try and figure out manual mode during my first show, Bora Aksu show, resulting in some ghostly white pictures and crazy blurred effects. Despite the camera frustration, I was able to catch the strong procession of models gracing the catwalk en masse for the opening and closing of the show. I loved how Aksu's signature braided knits and use of mixed media reflected the Edwardian theme of the season, mimicking the romantic ruffles seen in traditional clothing. The point of inspiration is also a unique one, as the story is developed from finding old postcards at an antiques market, telling of a story between Rose and her lover Charles. The curved lines within her handwriting were reflected in the silhouettes and also in the tights, which are now on sale on the website. I definitely want a pair and I'm glad I can now buy an element of one of his collection and hopefully wear them to a future show!
The Ones To Watch show was also an exciting one to discover new design talent and I was particularly drawn to the work of Alice Lee and Malene Oddershede Bach as I was watching the show. There were elements of leather woven in between stitches in most of the Alice Lee pieces giving knitwear a tougher edge. I'm not usually a fan of pink or neons, but I loved the head-to-toe looks by Malene Oddershede Bachand the unexpected knitwear element.
I was very much excited about the Leutton Postle show and it didn't disappoint, despite starting over an hour late. I've been following Jenny Postle's career ever since I saw her work at the Knitting and Stitching Show a while ago and in the meantime she's completed an MA at the Central St Martins, sold her collection to Browns and launched a label with fellow CSM glad Sam Leutton. The handcrafted elements within previous collection's by Postle is still present, whilst Leutton brings her knowledge of knitwear manufacturing in China to the table to produce vibrant yet technically innovative collections. I guess you know from previous posts that this collection was right up my street and I loved exploring the pieces close-up in the upstairs exhibition. It'll be interesting to see how they will develop their trademark fringing, crochet and e-wrapping techniques each season.
There's still a lot more of London Fashion Week I have to process, but hopefully I will get some more posts up in due course. It's extremely hard to narrow down the 2000+ photos I took!