London Fashion Week SS/12…

Was fun and as always too much to see, too little time. Estethica look better than ever with 19 designers showcasing their ethical and sustainable brands, and will be publishing some articles on designers involved in the Estethica platform in various print/ digital places, which I will link to here once they are out/up. I also met some more inspiring fashion and jewellry designers whilst wandering the rooms of Somerset House, so more on these soon, once I’ve got some thesis writing commitments out of the way.

A little something from Christian Blanken’s presentation…

On any given day hundreds of events take place, from champagne meet the designer receptions to party like presentations on the terrace overlooking the river- the generous layout of Somerset House providing an impressive backdrop to the events. On day 4 of LFW, one of Somerset House elegant high ceiling rooms saw a presentation by London–based designer Christian Blanken. Magazine editors, buyers and bloggers gathered in initiate proximity to the models in a salon like atmosphere. Mirrors cut across the centre of the room, and models emerged and wove in and out of the mirrored panels, affording multiple views of the designs, and merging the audience into the show itself. At times the proximity was uncomfortable, the models looked resolutely ahead, but sometimes locked eyes with the audience, who raised cameras to take pictures of the models, only to find themselves reflected back by the mirrored backdrop. Yet it was essential to see the clothes up so close. Blanken’s use of clinical line with understated silks and gleaming nude metallics underscore what is described as Blanken’s “signature luxury sportswear ethos”. The beauty of his designs is in pared down detailing and the play of light on shimmering fabrics, as well as the occasional use of draping which stands out against the flat planes of his designs. In his SS/ 12 collection, the influence of men’s tailoring was evident in razor-sharp cut jackets and detailing such as inverted notched lapels. A graphic stingray print added exotic texture to some of the pieces and affirmed the understated luxe ethos of this designer.


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