LFW – Antoni and Alison
Then London Fashion week’s opening show started with a bang, literally. The music made us jump from our seats as the beat and high pitched guitar strings shuddered through the room. A cropped black wig emerged through the stage door and the full effects of the designer collaboration became visible. Bouncing to the beat of the music the models wore elbow skimming tunic dresses in an abundance of texture inspired prints – tweed, buttons and flowers all represented the effects of 2D printed texture.
Each outfit gave visions of a modern day Edie Sedgwick. The dresses embodied a combination of art and design with child-like scribbles and retro colourings (oranges, greens, blues, browns and purples).
Slashed colour differences gave dresses the appearance of two-piece or more outfits. One dress included a loosely hung bolero, which was in fact a part of the dress, and not a separate. These clever wearable ideas are exactly what we need in the fashion industry.
Antoni and Alison had aimed to achieve something spectacular through their Autumn/Winter12 collection to mark the 25th anniversary of the brand, and I believe they did this with imagination and creativity.
Words Jennie May Thompson