Saturday, 29 October 2011

And the winner of Fashion Fringe 2011 is...Fyodor Golan

And the winner of Fashion Fringe 2011 is...Fyodor Golan

The platform for emerging talent really overstepped the mark with design duo, Fyodor Golan, as the 2011 winners of Fashion Fringe. Tipped as the 'new' creative giants set to take the fashion industry by storm, Golan Frydman and Fyodor Podgorny, are worlds apart by culture and traditions; Golan is Israeli with Moroccan and German roots and Fyodor is half Lativian and half Russian. Graduating from Istituto Marangoni in 2008, Golan moved to the UK, whilst Fyodor travelled back to London after graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerps in 2007.
Images courtesy of Fashion Fringe

The duo met  around four years ago, whilst accumulating a wide wealth of work experiences from the likes of Issey Miyake, Alexander Mcqueen, Raf Simons and Richard Nicoll, however the pair did not formally join forces until a year ago, when they launched their own label, Fyodor Golan in 2010, and showcased their debut A/W 11 collection,'Pagan Poetry', in February at London Fashion Week 2011. An exploration of the diverse cultures of tribal traditions  and Greek and Roman culture of paganism, this collection struck a chord, and ultimately led to their submission as finalists for this years competition. And although, it was this collection that brought the fashion forward frontiers to our attention, it was undoubtedly their S/S 12 collection that would grant them the winning prize. 

Images courtesy of London Fashion Week

The winning duo were inspired by Charles Baudelaires poetry, "Fleur du Mal", (a French poet, who explored the changing nature of beauty) and "the nature and presentation of beauty by Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gough and this story about a nymph-like woman who goes through a painful metamorphosis" and interestingly "becomes one with nature". 'Flowers of Evil', cultivates a collection that explores the power of nature and beauty as intricately intertwined as one.

Images courtesy of London Fashion Week

Corseted dresses to emphasise the womans' silhouette, the colour white represents her innocence and purity to signify her strength, but to distinct shades of canary yellow and pine green, the collection starts to create a vivid image of the gradual progression of nature. The dramatic styling of tangled locks, supported by the use of gold braces or interwoven locks and  high  collared necklines, to shadow expressions of pain and trauma; we can follow her ingenuos and unwordly journey to the dark and blusterous turmoil of nature in long black embellished pieces, without loosing sight of her beauty.

At a glance, it is breathtaking. This white beauty and sheer use of panelling embellished with flowers was strikingly beautiful and unforgetable.

Wearing a detailed black embellished beginnings of sparkling emerald greens and violet used as limbs, the evil force climbs its way, and nature starts to take over amongst the ruffled leather interiors - this is truly the work of two genuises. The use of the mature model can be considered as a defining moment as they delve into the aging notion of nature and beauty.

Images courtesy of London Fashion Week 

Monday, 24 October 2011

LFW - The Rodnik Band S/S 12

The Rodnik Band's was a fusion of fashion and pop art. The ocean inspired collection, "Save The Sea", signified a fun-filled insight to a bold, yet fashionable move to re-ignite our perception of contemporary 21st century styles as energetic and forthcoming. Fashion meets Andy Warhol meets The Sex Pistols draws on conceptual designs with a strong punk rock musical influences for each piece, to take satire to 'wuthering heights' and absolutely reminds us of the love affair, that is fashion, but also to remind us about the force of fashion, as a tool to voice one's political beliefs, agendas and thoughts, and yet maintain reverence for the apparel as a medium to captivate a message embedded in his collection. 

Far from any traditionalist, Colbert's typical choice of quintessential attire for his message for fashion-seekers to relish in the creative talent that is, The Rodnik Band, yet not forget the responsibility we have to spread the word and get involved in more concerning matters of depth and meaning.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

LFW - Corrie Nielsen S/S 12

Corrie Nielsen Spring 2012

Chosen by John Galliano as the winner of Fashion Fringe 2010, Corrie Nielsen's, second season was a show-stopper of carefully crafted pieces of Japanese inspired aesthetics, which has catapulted her into a worldwide phenomenon; and this is only her second season at LFW.

LFW - Paul Costelloe S/S 12

The wait was over, fashion week had finally arrived in London and what an instalment. Overwhelmed with excitement for next years' rendition of what we will be wearing or attempting to wear, London Fashion Week went off with a bang. 

Paul Costello opened fashion week with a 1960's inspired collection of minimalism, swinging jackets  and hem lines and his signature tailored suits. Retaining the theme of the sixties and slim silhouettes from his autumn/winter looks, according to the man himself, this collection can be described as a presentation of the strong female silhouette.

A frolic of frills, baby doll dresses were styled with sky high platform heels and socks to represent the playful nature of dolls in their playhouses. Distinct features of high collared neck lines, sumptuous ruffles and puff sleeves were bound to catch the eye at any show. A soft colour palette of summer whites to peaches and creams and pistachio greens laced with paisley prints dazzled the runaway with the new romanticism of vintage Parisian chic. 

A fusion of his eclectic sense of style from the designer, the revival of the swinging sixties was in full swing and provided a fresh modern twist for the new generation.