18 December 2009

arrrgh fashion

London Fashion Week is indeed over, but alas it has not been forgotten (or documented by me as I am absolutely rubbish) but none the less I think it is necessary to document my account of what is to be my first of many LFW experiences…
Luckily for me, last week I was invited to a specially scheduled show by my friend Claire of Young Shields (young-shields.blogspot.com) in which a team of ten young people were given the opportunity to create their own fashion line with the chance to show at LFW.  The line aptly names 1.WO/MAN - one woman one man is a unisex line and took to the OnOff catwalk in true LFW style.  It was an amazing night and it was great to see the wealth of talent that these young people had. With only six months and a limited supply of fabric unlike the couturiers of Paris a fabulous collection was put together which the team should be proud of.

The show was met with great anticipation and any sceptics were soon silenced when the collection came pouring out on various models (some admittedly more skilled at the art than others..) We saw a range of fabrics, but jersey seemed the predominant choice - combined with pretty florals and graphic prints. There manifesto states they were “mixing masculine ease with feminine allure” which is reflected in the various dungaree’s and casual loungewear that was debuted. The cuts were simple but the carefully executed draping and layering took potentially cheap fabrics and made them high fashion. Throughout the collection we were also graced with a variety of graphic print tee’s all available at www.1woman.com for ten pounds with all proceeds going to Children in Need

With support and a performance from emerging girl-band the Dollyrockers (the saturdays in Doc Martins...) as well as footwear provided by Irregular Choice this BBC Blast initiative seems to have the backing it needs in order to drive the project further. Maybe we will be seeing some of the team debuting their own collections within the next few years…who knows?
Big thank you to BBC Blast for putting on a great show and Aindrea Emelife (www.fashionistadujour.typepad.com) the project manager for the invites!


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