Despite the economic situation, the designers insured their collections were still original and many revamped the catwalk by bringing back past trends but with a twist. Giles Deacon’s creations were inspired by the feel of London in the late 80’s when he was at St. Martins Fashion College mixed with London style today. Pieces included thigh high leather boots, body-con dresses with a rebellious feel to them using studs and spikes, and unique prints on silk dresses. In an interview with Vogue TV, he said, ‘we wanted to do a cross-section of what’s exciting about London at the moment with how I felt when I first started college.’
Many other designers impressed the fashion elite as they sent their models down the runway. Probably the most anticipated show of the week was that of Savannah and Sienna Miller, whose label, Twenty8Twelve, is most certainly designed for the urban, sexy girl; and with that in mind, their creations for Autumn/Winter 2009 certainly didn’t disappoint. For more on their debut, you can click here.
The design duo enjoying some well deserved applause. [Image via Vogue.com]
The week however is not just for the established designers who are used to showing off just how good they really are, but also for the fresh faces in fashion who are still working just as hard but need a way in to the designers domain, where recognition and respect are crucial for success.
This is where Vauxhall Fashion Scout comes in; a catwalk venue just up the road from the main fashion tent which supports these up and coming designers.
One of the most sophisticated shows to pop up on the sunny Saturday morning at the VFS, was that of Bryce D’Anice Aime, a French designer who was showcasing his work on the catwalk for the first time. D’Anice Aime, whose first ever collection was for Spring/Summer 2007 has clearly moved fast and is working hard in order to achieve a spot on the main fashion runway schedule in seasons to come.
With Natalie Wansbrough-Jones, senior fashion editor at ELLE UK styling the show, and Larare shoes beautifying the models feet, it was sure to be a stylish affair.
As Lady GaGa along with Mozart (an eccentric mix) blasted from the speakers, models emerged as what can only be described as exquisite pieces, with structured tailoring and luxurious fabrics coming together to make a dramatic infusion.
Structured shoulder styles are huge for Autumn/Winter 09.
My two most favourite looks included a long sleeved ivory shirt with longer side panels teamed with a metallic charcoal skirt which exuded the chic factor and some shiny skinny trousers in a metal colour pulled over a beautiful peach chiffon blouse.
The colour palette for the collection seemed to be this way inspired, with black, midnight blue, ivory and metal all providing a contrast to the softness of some of the pieces.
When I caught up with Bryce himself after the show, he explained that this collection ‘explores the dramatic universe of the Burlesque, inspired by the soft and hard edges of the showgirl world. Each piece is aimed at enhancing the wardrobe of the woman who likes to wear her garments from day to night.’
With this is mind I was instantly attracted to the pieces which on the one hand are somewhat daring with sheer mesh bodysuits but on the other extremely feminine with floaty dresses, but all very wearable.
The powerful themes behind Bryce’s creations have certainly worked well and with many of his key styles being spotted on the main runway later in the week with the mainstream designers, there is no doubt that he is bang on trend and it won’t be long until he is showcasing with the best of the best. (The piping spotted on one of Bryce’s skirts was a theme also used throughout Christopher Kane’s show later in the week.)
I will leave you with the designer’s final words to myself which completely sum up the perfection of the pieces and give you an insight into the creative mind of Bryce D’Anice Aime. ‘This collection is for the woman who wishes to create a distinct yet quiet drama within her wardrobe.’
To view Bryce’s current collection, Visit his website
The Autumn/Winter 2009 collection will also be presented at Tranoi, Paris.
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All Bryce D’Anice Aime catwalk photography supplied by Mads Perch.
Post written by Katie Powell, London Fashion PR