On Monday the 20th February, I attended my first ever London Fashion Week catwalk show at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. The setting was grand to say the least; everything and possibly more of what I expected of a real fashion show venue, from the ornate art deco furnishing, to the dazzling, illuminated runway. Star spots were Jade Thomspon, winner of last year's BINTM and Amber Atherton from Made in Chelsea, who was wearing that incredible Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Pheasant dress! It still makes me think 'wow' every time I see it!
|Model Tallulah Adeyemi and Amber Atherton|
Having never heard of Prose before, I attended the show with no expectations, just excitement, but having thoroughly enjoyed the show I would definitely recommend the designer as one to watch. Prose describes itself as a vision of womenswear as pure, aesthetic language, an aesthetic that is not bound to trends but is timeless. There was undoubtedly a haunting feel to the show; images of the clothes seemed to stay with me afterwards which suggested to me that what I had just seen had a strong sense of originality. Miriam Lehle is the power behind the clothes- after graduating in fashion design in 2007, she admittedly took a risk and launched the fashion label straight away in her home town of Schorndorf, Germany. But this risk paid off- from making the final of the Mango Fashion Awards in Barcelona, 2009, to showing her collections at the Beck's fashion experience in Berlin as one of seven emerging German designers, and then going on to sell selected pieces in Tophop's Edit Boutique- Miriam has presented us with a unique and organic brand of clothes that are totally suited to the quirky style walking our fashion capital's streets.
Prose's A/W '12 collection is all about a rich colour palette and quality fabrics. Models sauntered down the runway in a visually stunning collection of varying textures and strong hues. The clothes definitely had a regal feel to them with the constant use of fringing and the burgundy and bronze tones. The main focal point of the collection was the showcasing of the admirable techniques Lehle employed to bring her visions to real life. The fringing on metallic-flecked wool waistcoats and selected tops- which looked like the delicacy of ostrich feather-was exceptional, moving beautifully with the model's every step, and the almost shredded look of some of the garments such as a cobalt jumper was a captivating, unique and intricate feature of Lehle's designs. Velvet, ruching, armour-style embellishment and hints of metallic were other accents that made this collection stand out. The tailoring was elegant and feminine, with long draped skirts and a Victoriana feel exuding out from the cream buttoned blouses, yet the tougher aspects such as the armour-style, metal disc detailing and the occasional structured shoulder made an appealing contrast. The colour palette was an autumnal delight- with the colour moving swiftly from navy and cobalt, to burgundy and brown, to gold and cream- there was also the odd hint of mustard yellow and a good dose of sophisticated black. All the models wore mid block lace-up heels in different variations to match their specific colours.
|Backstage with Toni and Guy|
As for the hair and make-up, which was styled by Toni and Guy, the models were all extremely polished to compliment the regalness of the clothes. Their hair was worn slicked back off the face, creating triangular and square shapes at the back of the head- as quoted by Cos Sakkas, a member of the T&G session team. He explained that the texture of the hair was intended to replicate the fringing and tassels debuted throughout the collection. The models all featured fresh-looking dewy skin with a simple yet beautiful berry lip. Below are a selection of photos from the show! And remember to keep an eye out for Prose in future!
|My Prose Invite|
|Mirror effect inside|