Their high street contributions may leave much to be desired, but Phillip Green’s rag factory proved they can still pack a punch on the runway. Katie Grand styled the collection that was nothing short of British countryside gone wild on a catwalk of fallen leaves and an archway of branches. Under gigantic manes of back-combing by Paul Hanlon, huge furry eyebrows by Hannah Murray and Emma Cook’s brilliant antler, badger head and bunny ear headpieces, was an eclectic, electrifying wild child that re-invented it all, from draping in leather to tweeds, wools and fur. There were hundreds of coats that would do any girl proud on a wet winter walk in nice and comfy-looking oversized shapes.
It all started innocently enough, with a simple fur suit and tweedy girl guide uniforms all badged and braces-ed up. Then the layers started getting heavier and the forecast was a cold harsh winter, perhaps just like the creature of Narnia faced. The woolen leggings/tights under everything were awesome, and set off the textures of fabrics perfectly. Things became more ethreal with an apparition in a full-length wolf-print gown. There were somewhat equitastrian references with saddle bags and bum bags over sturdy coats and sullen stared models, and with the antlers, referenced hunting to gave the wild woodlands flavour an aristocratic twist.
Things got a bit military at one point in khaki greens and cream, before flouncing into a frilly fairy look of ruffles and lace; an incredible corseted leather gown and a long leather gilet number reinvented the matrial as raw, used in massive sections so. The animal prints on tee-shirts, textile-printed onto dress material and knitted as squirrels into cardies would definitely have to have been inspired by that sartorial icon Brett of Flight of the Conchords fame. Finally, the really-furry coat and the wooly one at the end, that resembled hige piles of scraps sewn together and sewn on the models were awesome. There, the wild child was trul let out of the closet to play. Can’t wait for my own pair of antlers…
Slebs in teir natural habitation on FRow included Hilary Alexander, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Nicola Robets. View the collection in full at style.com: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2010RTW-UNIQUE