Saturday, 17 September 2011

Day one at LFW: Corrie Nielson...

Decked out in my LFW clobber I headed to my first show of the day at the Old Sorting Office for the delightful Corrie Nielson show. Though I will be writing other round ups below about other collections I really liked from the day.. Corrie's was the one that stood out for me.

With the title 'Arbiter Elegantiarum' Corrie Nielson's collection showed a modern twist on couture style and showed off her skills with fabrics and creating structure on garments. Having worked at Vivienne Westwood for 6 years before setting up her own label it was clear that the some of the 'Westwood' style has rubbed off onto Corrie and into her designs. Which is not a bad thing at all.

I loved the S/S'12 collection. Inspired by the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Grey it was clear in the colour palette she had used (a little more restrained than I was expecting) suited the slightly masculine influence of the tailored outfits.

The highlight for me was the infusion of Japanese 'geisha' inspired elements to the collection. The low scooped necklines at the back of the neck, large sleeves with more fabric at the elbow and with hair and platform shoes offering a strong essence of modern day Japan.... it was beautiful. Of course the trademark Corrie pleats, vast folds of fabrics and the creation of architectural structure were there. Favourite outfit? Has to be a light silk lime green dress.. the detail and cut were striking but remained beautifully feminine.

Images taken by Christopher Dadey