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 am going to split all backstage photos for Fashion Scout into two parts. This one includes Melissa Diamantidi, Ones to Watch, Manuela Dack (with beautiful 3-coloured chevron nails by Pebbles Nails), and Raffaele Ascione – in that order – with all hair done by the Toni and Guy team and make-up done by The Body Shop ladies. Enjoy!
For every woman born a princess (and destined to become a Queen, according to the show notes), Bora Aksu have created an opulent Spring/Summer 2013 collection named ‘Modern Queen’. Inspired by Marie Queen of Romania (her nickname was the title to the collection), the garments were destined to feel regal if not a bit sinister. As the story goes, Marie found her self unhappy in her marriage and retreated to her botanical gardens as an escape. Combining the Queen’s love of Art Deco with her gardens, almost every piece in Bora Aksu’s collection features an identical floral print in three different magnifications.
There is not a single piece in this collection that I would not wear. Crowns included. With a palette of romantic blues, royal purples, mustards, golds, and dove grey, flashes of sheer silk organzas and lace really had a chance to shine. This is the kind of collection that everyone from Gwen Stefani to Kate Middleton could fall in love with: a little bit of Alice in Wonderland with incredibly chic structure and technical execution.
Soundtrack love: “Youth” by Daughter.
Though it was one of the first shows of the week, I knew Corrie Nielsen would be one of my Spring/Summer 2013 favourites as soon as the lights dimmed. Her collection, Florilegium (the gathering of flowers), is an editorial stylist’s dream. Inspired by London’s Royal Botanic gardens, Nielsen tailored her elaborate collection to echo both the glasshouse architecture and elaborate fauna of the space itself.
Garments billowed and swung down the runway in carefully considered beauty. With no floral print to be seen, the inspiration was forced to life through less literal ideas, favourites included a peony rose-shaped metallic silk and a dip-dyed wedding dress that played out Corrie’s interpretation of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Peplums, domed backs, and extravagant sheer panels were entwined in many more wearable separates; every piece with its own signature Corrie Nielsen trick and treat. This woman is the modern couturier.