London Fashion Week Fall 2008 : Jacob Kimmie
<a href="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/kimmie0208/index.html"><img src="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/kimmie0208/image1.jpg" alt="Photography Anne-Marie Michel" /></a> Dominatrix boots set the tone at Jacob Kimmie this season, in huge contrast to S/S 08. Military inspired button down jackets in the blackest wool, accesorized with arm belts and pretty, on trend star cuffs. Cashmere roll down sweaters on sumptuos three teared skirts, left an interesting sillouette. Collaborating with Oliver Sweeney Kimmie created awesome patent bags. White tights, top knots and the image of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel gave it a hint of 60’s flavour.
London Fashion Week Fall 2008 : Super Super
<a href="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/supersuper0208/index.html"><img src="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/supersuper0208/image1.jpg" alt="Photography Anne-Marie Michel" /></a> Everything about this show and fan group is so 'un-me' - but I will try not to be biased! Achingly hip Shoreditch kids queued for hours dressed as clowns, covered from head to toe in gold stars, (move over Amy Winehouse, these people had made an effort). Two fifteen year olds clutch their invitations as though if someone took them away it would be worse than ripping their hearts out. A dedication this strong, even from the younger generation can't be all hype. After several toffee vodkas we finally made our way into portable Shoreditch. Along with some digital antics we were witness to four collections from young designers. Scott Ramsay Kyle opened with sportmax fluro leggings and feather headresses. Cocoon like duvets with hoods, embellished with school badges held a structured shape. Next we move onto Emma Bell, via a touch of head banging action from The More Assured. Sparkly lurex and pink bubble wrap exploded like candy wrappers down the runway, my favourite piece being a pink jewel encrusted bubble dress. Dharma Taylors collection followed, neon lined cocoon jackets and leather pig masks. Not my favourite. However there was a cute hood with ears, that made the skinny jean sporting 16 year old wearing it look like a dinosaur. Finally we approach Thomas Sels collection which held my favourite piece of the whole show, almost worth the wait, a full length white dress, with a drop back and lovely voluminous layers. Still, while my seat shook from the bass, I quietly enjoyed myself.
London Fashion Week Fall 2008 : Xterity
<a href="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/xterity0208/index.html"><img src="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/xterity0208/image1.jpg" alt="Photography Anne-Marie Michel" /></a> Black appeared to rule the show at Xterity, in the form of 1940's fishtail pencil skirt suits. Patent corsages gave it a prom feel, these were debutant's of the highest calibre. Pearl detailing and large round retro buttons added to the feel of fashion from a time gone by. As kids bopped along to the Puppini Sisters,flappers strutted their stuff. The highlight was a full length couture-esq gown sporting hand made floral corsages. The colour ways lightened mid way through introducing gold on gold, lilac, cyan blue and ripe raspberry. A bit samey in places, Xterity kept interest with its vintage inspired details and modern twist to what was one of fashions finest eras.
London Fashion Week Fall 2008 : Armand Basi
<a href="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/armand0208/index.html"><img src="http://www.papierdoll.net/look_/armand0208/image1.jpg" alt="Photography Anne-Marie Michel" /></a> In a great banqueting hall Armand Basi served up the new flavours for his AW08 collection. Tangerine leather was molded into bubble skirts, drop waisted circle dresses were printed with emerald green and aqua blue. Full length cocoon gowns, twinned with diamante encrusted heels left you gasping for fashion breath. An individual take on a skirt suit, in candy pink with bell sleeves and a giant balloon skirt. To add a touch of psychedelia Basi tied head bands and belts to models, with bubbles of fluro colours attached. As mad and unwearable as his SS08 collection, the gods painted on the ceiling and the spectators were truly inspired! one of my very favourites.