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London Fashion Week Day 1 – Phoebe English


Inspired by her own clothing choices, Phoebe English has utilised the way she chooses and mixes textures everyday for herself. The silhouettes created are boxy and structured, if not slightly feminine with short skirts, pleats and a hint of pink. Contrasted by the suggestion of sportswear from elasticated cuffs, waistbands and sleeves. All set to Gabriel Bruce’s haunting ‘Sleep Paralysis’.


As the designs came down the catwalk they appeared minimal in black, drawing attention to the focus of the show fabric, construction and detail. Small details; gathering, layering contrasting fabric, weave, created intricate, structural garments.


The unusual fabrics created really unique movement. Latex continually shifting, referencing the unusual landscapes from English’s moodboards, unresolved latex tubes from the weave mirrored the model’s movements and layered rubber appeared to ripple continuously. Whilst the industrial felted wool and heavy knits rigidly held their shape.


As the collection evolved, the colour palette jumped to pink; the complimenting shades of pink highlighted detail, and provided a dramatic conclusion to the show.


You can now watch Phoebe English’s collection on www.phoebeenglish.com, her Spring/Summer 12 collection is now available exclusively from Dover Street Market.


Emily Lynch




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