London Fashion Week – Francesca Marotta
The venue was perfect for the occasion, Goldsmiths Hall, and true to its name the ceiling was embossed in gold. Latin writing had been painted on the stained glass windows, grand chandeliers dangled above the heads of the audience and to the left stood an altar – Without even knowing it Marotta was giving hints of what was to follow… When the show begun all eyes were fixated on the models, their moody walks and seductive stares rounded off the alternative gothic chic package. Shards of plastic jewellery imitated the crown in which Jesus was crucified in, whilst a lavishly crafted lace veil was draped over what could have been a nun who had turned to sin. The colour palette was predominantly black but an exquisite red number had been a mesmerizing addition. Brightly cut jewellery accessorized looks, and the material usage throughout the whole show was lace and lots of it, even the shoes had been dressed in embellished lace.
The final outfit arrived and even though it was a little creepy, this made the whole thing even more wonderfully memorable. Wearing a long black lace dress and crying tears of Virgin Mary blood the model slowly twisted her arms and hips as she moved eerily down the catwalk. Definitely a show that was interesting to watch with powerful religious undertones.
Words by Jennie May Thompson