15h We head up to Vauxhall Fashion Scout Ones to Watch show – the Vauxhall venue is a great off schedule place for new talent, and to boot, the people who work there are friendly and welcoming year in year out. A fashion editor, Shanti, who we befriended us earlier, slipped us a spare invite to the show – we get seated with the best of em! In the queue, I hear a voice -“excuse me, did you go to Glasgow University?” why yes! It’s a girl called Freya who recognises me from English Lit lectures, no doubt me walking in late dressed to impress (no-one but myself) on Mondays at 10am.
The four collections are all great, and suitably varied. Kirsty Ward presents some beautiful, feminine pieces in see-through chiffon with opulent statement jewellery on top. The pieces play with form too, with lines and details playing on the female silhouette. Since graduation, Ward has designed for Alberta Ferretti and Vogue ITALIA have tipped her as hot talent for 2011; she launched her own label last season.
Anja Mlakar used clean lines and block colours in her collection that was structured, and used palettes both of pastels and darker tones. The dresses use cut out features and tube-like embellishments to add structure and texture. Her work has been picked up by Lady Gaga (not that that make us biased or anything).
Tze Goh has already won the hearts of London concept store LN-CC; his fabulous collection is both futuristic and references minimal tailoring of the 90s and 60s. the bell-like shapes play with feminine form in block colour and choice fabrics. Sihouettes were clean and lines sharp, making this a deserving winner of catwalk space in Fashion Week.
Our favourite of this showcase collection had to be Sara Bro-Jorgensen, the Danish designer with heaps of attitude; her collection is a masterpiece in textured rock chick looks – playing within a monochrome frame, she played with form and used some hella fierce hoods for dramatic effect while mixing up texture with wool and print. There were pretty watercolours to capture the eye, graphic tribal bolds to stand out and witty fashion jokes in the form of trench coats printed onto maxi capes.