Saturday, 15 February 2014

LFW Day 1/ Mark Fast RTW F/W

London Fashion Week is fast becoming the fashion week central to media focus. London just seems to have a kind of pazazz that you cant find anywhere else, and thats not just during fashion week; there is always an undercurrent electric buzz of something in the city that gives it this magical quality I love so much when I go to town.

Anyway, Day 1 demonstrated this buzz and London spirit best, I think, in the work of Mark Fast; the Canadian-born designer studied both his BA and MA at London's best, Central St Martins College - where I hope I will one day join the rankings of successful alumni, including my beloved Hussein Chalayan.

Don't for a second assume that fall/winter is for those stereotypical shades that reflect the dismal weather everyone is experiencing at the moment. No, Mark's collection is exactly what everyone needs right now: fluorescent optimism. Neon orange (making a return from its colour of the year title in 2012) and a sort of inky indigo are your go-to colours for Fall/Winter 2014, inspired by his recent trip to Mumbai and the neon glow of the city lights.


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Oh, if you didn't get enough of your metallics in Spring/Summer, you'll be happy to see gold making a comeback. Mark Fast's gold creepers are absolutely divine and they'd go perfectly with my latest buy: a gold Diana F+ analog camera - but we'll go into that on another day.

Not usually into flashy extravagant items? Neither am I, but Fast's creepers are such a soft shade that they could be tuned down by pairing them with neutral shades. Yet I love the contrast he creates by teaming them with black socks; this is a simple trick we could all do.  Some people arent so keen on the creepers return, especially pairing them with socks, but hey I think they definitely work. Might be the punk in me talking. The look is very city chic: pairing flat shoes with dresses and skirts, casually loose knits that slip off the shoulders give that resounding street feel to the collection.

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Mark has completely converted me. I have detested turtlenecks since forever. His chunky knits and sort of looser turtlenecks just really work. How does he do it?!

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I for one am enamoured by this collection, not just for its aesthetic appeal but for Fast's use of a new spongey knit - knitted garments have always been an obsession of mine. A combination of chenille and merino wool, this special blend again reminds us of the talent of Fast and his incredible grasp of different structural techniques as a designer.

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Until next time,
Rachel

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