Bryce Aime offered a mixed bag in his Spring 2011 collection. While his show, entitled Asiarama, had a clear eastern influence, there was a separation between two distinct categories: the well structured pieces...Read More →
Bryce Aime offered a mixed bag in his Spring 2011 collection. While his show, entitled Asiarama, had a clear eastern influence, there was a separation between two distinct categories: the well structured pieces and the slightly haphazard ones. For me, the true excitement lay not with the floral leggings or sorbet jerseys but with the gold speckled immaculately cut geometric pieces. Disappointingly they weren’t more abundant in the collection, but when they surfaced they provided the greatest potential. The skirt and jacket combination (see photo #22) looks reptilian from the back, like the perfectly planned scales on a desert crawler. This displays the ingenious quality of Bryce that, I think, many would like to see more of, rather than the sheer draped jersey in shots #3, 5, and 11, for example. The accessories, on a side note, couldn’t have been better. Also designed by Aime, the platformed geisha-esque shoes guaranteed that models maintained a slow stride while side pony tails were topped off by jauntily placed black hats, some of which could be mistaken for Chinese take-away boxes. With Janice Dickinson exclaiming, ‘I want that hat!’ mid-show, surely one can expect a rampant celebrity endorsement of the Japanese inspired collection.
Maciek Rodzik and Mariusz Kolmer are students from Poland that I met earlier this week at Somerset House. Two friends, who just happened to be in London during Fashion Week, their individual style is entirely unique yet works aesthetically in tandem. A combination of blues, blacks and greys are topped off by double breasted buttons on their trousers and jackets respectively. Not only are the pair striking but they are incredibly nice as well – they offered to share their tickets and Maciek volunteered to lend me his top knit as he was boiling and I was literally quivering from the cold. To top it off, I’ve just discovered that they’ve got an incredible blog, The Whole Hole, full or mesmerizing photographs. Check it out, I’m sure you’ll be a convert.
Inspired quite broadly by Africa, Kinder Aggugini’s Spring 2011 collection delved much deeper into the continents wealth of character than most designers dare. Though there were elements of the oft quoted safari trend, the Italian designer showcased a juxtaposition of imperial elements and raw nature – a combination that made his collection not only coherent but painfully covetable. Neutral shades opened the show with tailored deep brown jackets layered over waistcoats (cue the British Empire). The items were mixed with neck rings, heavy leather bangles, and cardboard hats, created by Stephen Jones, which all worked to provide a contemporary swing. Gradually brighter colours were worked into the mix: first a royal blue collared dress with oversized pockets, followed by a jacket in the same shade paired over an animal printed shirt. While the graphics moved from abstractions on jungle nature to orange geometric squares, a consistent link was maintained between each look that came sauntering down the runway. For me, the dual relationship between the hunter and hunted culminated mid-show with a selection of black pieces featuring a small tinge of animal print in one select region. Perfectly modern and just the right dose of wild for, I’d think, most women.
Taking people’s cards at LFW, or any event for that matter, is useless. You get home, dump out all the collected cards, and have no clue which belonged to each person you met. I decided to solve this problem by photographing cards I received directly after taking the person’s picture to whom it belonged. The only problem is, in some cases, they have no individual names which still leaves you a bit in the dark. Case in point: the one above. When I took it I didn’t recognize the name on it and later in the day, when Shini and I were resting our aching feet and scrolling through Bloglovin in the press lounge, we came across the site. ‘Oh! I like that… send me a link so I remember to look at it again’ I told Shini. When I got home and opened my DM to see the site was The Street Hearts I felt like an absolute tool… I took that very card from someone earlier in the day. Oh well, that wouldn’t be the first time I made a fool of myself that day (the peak moment being when I asked Tommy Ton if I could take his picture… cringe… at least I got a laugh out of the girls who watched the spectacle take place). Anyway, all this to say the above girl gave me a card from The Street Hearts but I can’t seem to find any info about her on the site. Does anyone know who she is? The site is gorgeous by the way. Check it out for some inspiring street style.
p.s. innovative play on lengths – the long cardi is officially back on the radar.