tata naka ss13
If there was absolutely anything that could cure the effects of a Mad Men detox, Tata Naka‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection would be it.

As always, the designers opted for a presentation as opposed to a fashion ‘show’ – this season set up like a 1950s pool party. For a few hours a handful of bombshell-styled models (including the wonderful Hanna Hultberg) reclined around a makeshift pool and hand-painted deckchairs wearing classic retro silhouettes…with a twist. Instead of a pencil skirt, Tata Naka introduced us to the pencil skirt with embellished sheer panelling. Instead of a playsuit, Tata Naka introduced us to a cut-out sleeve playsuit with a separated collar.

With clashing shows I wasn’t able to photograph every look, so I urge you to check Tata Naka’s Facebook for the full collection. Apologies to your wallet in advance.

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fashion backstage
One of many freelance contracts over London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 included my role as a Backstage correspondent for Vauxhall Fashion Scout. This means I was very fortunate to have an all-access pass to the beauty and beauties before every show and get a little snap happy in between words.

Because a lot of photos were taken I have split all backstage photos for Fashion Scout into two parts. This is Part Two (Part One is here), featuring Leutton Postle, Myrza de Muynuck, and Sabina Bryntesson with all hair done by the Toni and Guyteam and make-up done by The Body Shop ladies. Enjoy!

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louise gray ss13
For Spring/Summer 2013, Louise Gray turned out an extraordinary collection that put me on a high for days. Under the slogan ‘NOW WHAT‘, Gray delivered her synonymous level of unabashed fun in a manner that was brilliantly advanced from Autumn/Winter 2012. With quilted devore, newsprint, doodles, and a well-executed juxtaposition of geometric and text-based prints, there was a lot to see and a lot to love.

There is no question about it, Louise Gray has a method to her madness; a mad hatter-esque madness that chose to mix images of cheeseburgers with bold-printed images reading “GOOD TIMES” and then surprise us all with chiffon-on-chiffon embroidery and jigsaws of lace. Each piece was eye-catching in its own way – Gray said “if you buy just one thing, it’ll feel like you’re getting something special” – and often had the feel of an optical illusion.

From Tatty Devine jewellery (exclamation mark earrings!) to sponsorship by Barbie (a 21st Century version of Barbie’s first ever dress!), ‘NOW WHAT’ is the perfect solution for your inner East London street princess. Charmed, I’m sure.

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nicole farhi ss13 anna wintour
Yesterday we went backstage at Nicole Farhi Spring/Summer 2013, so today obviously called for some front-of-house action. With the routine attendance of Anna Wintour (which I still get giddy about…on the inside, of course) and the announcement that it would be Nicole’s last show as Creative Director, the show was set to be the highlight of London Fashion Week’s third day of SS13.

Inspired by the marble mountains of Carrara, Italy (and by Edward Burtynsky’s photographs thereof), Farhi displayed a thoughtful and richly textured collection that sweetly – neutrally – mimicked the movement of shadows on the mountains. Pleats were the real technical accomplishment here, culminating in a trenchcoat that any new-age Audrey Hepburn would die for and a white shift with a solo sculptural pleat which rested sash-like across the body.

Though the only ‘colour’ in the show lay in the blue-tinted highlighter on the models’ cheekbones, the profundity was not amiss. Nicole Farhi does not need the rainbow, mon cher – this was an exceptional collection in its mostly-monochromatic glory. An elegant abdication of the throne.

nicole farhi ss13

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