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LFW | Meadham Kirchhoff SS/12

Fashion & Photography

Words by Rivkie Baum, FIASCO UK Fashion Editor

Words by Rivkie Baum, FIASCO UK Fashion Editor


If Mary Antoinette had fallen in with the wrong crowd she would’ve worn Meadham Kirchhoff. They’re show space is always impeccably styled to match the collection.
The catwalk area covered in streamers and balloons lay the ground work for a collection of fun and frivolity that encompassed fashion, dance and performance art.
A troupe of teenage dancers entered the catwalk over powdering their faces and lining their lips in thick lipstick before braking into a frenetic dance.
This signalled the arrival of the models who were kitted out in cartoon knits, frill tiered mini dresses and crochet/laser cut out pieces. I loved the cotton candy coloured full fur skirts and jackets.
The second phase of the show saw a host of tiny child ballerinas run out and perform in the centre before a gold curtain dropped to reveal the models on a tiered platform like the inside of jewellery box. One at time they stepped off and made a circuit of the runway.
This really was roccoco in style with brocade embellished jackets and mini skirts that pulled silhouette ideas from the era, they were incredible. Beautifully tailored, pleated and gathered and while in the setting they remained avant garde they were clearly very saleable too. Again full skirts prevailed and helped maintain the drama that is Meadham Kirchhoff and as a little ballerina hoped onto the top tier and stood ever so still, she began to rotate mechanically we were in no doubt that for just five minutes we’d left Waterloo and fallen into a Meadham Kirchhoff wonderland

LFW | Sass and Bide SS/12

Fashion & Photography

Words by Rivkie Baum, FIASCO UK Fashion Editor


It was definitely party time at Sass and Bide as sequins and metallics filled the runway. From sequin stripe jumpsuits to tribal mosaic sequin dresses and shorts it was all about sparkle. There was a riot of colour too. Orange, acidic yellow, green, turquoise, blue and metallic added explosions of colour to a monochrome base.  Silhouettes used panels to create an almost patchwork effect as several textures and colours were worked together. As the collection developed sheer chiffon shirting in white and acidic yellow draped round the body had a slight safari feel. The next phase of the collection was all about sand and black, in an oversized, distorted leopard spot and mesh overlay (a trend we’re seeing a lot this season).  The metallic and black panelled jackets and slashed silk jersey dresses reverted back to the eighties vibe we’ve been seeing alongside bodycon slashed bodices and asymmetric mini dresses. The collection was diversed and slightly disjointed as it travelled through several styles but all were well executed. I loved the tribal jewellery both in gold and neons which suited the look perfectly.

LFW | Unique SS/12

Fashion & Photography

Words by Becca Dudley, FIASCO contributing editor

Topshop Uniquepresented us with a sexed up, glammed up, cleopatra inspired collection with a streetwear twist for Spring 2012. Taking inspiration from Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, we see a travellers delight of egyptian prints, abstract patterns, pyramid, tiger and cobra influences. ‘Egyptian queen’ was modernized with a sport-luxe, street wear style of hoodies, jersey and sweats, and hip hop was pumping through the room as the models took a confidently casual strut down the catwalk . With an underlying colour palette of black, white, nude and gold and bursts of aqua and rose, there was a reoccurring theme of metallics and 90′s lycra reminiscent fabrics. Intricate designs and futuristic prints met horizontal stripes in a range of dress styles – from mini’s, to maxi’s, to midi’s. The models sported a fresh face and gold foil hair, whilst their looks were styled with wedged gladiator platforms, chunky gold watches, caps and sunglasses. Cleopatra never looked so street!

LFW | House Of Holland SS/12

Fashion & Photography

Words by Taj Ragland, FIASCO+ contributor

“Pastel Punks” was a perfect title for House Of Holland’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Holland gave us Skinheads in South Beach-y tones and feminine lines. Punks in bleached denim and suspenders, inspired by Gavin Watson, in pastel tones stomped down the runway (which was emblazoned with leopard print). Items like the ironic school girl kilts (in the classic Holland tartan) and metallic mesh tank-tops will definitely make his younger audience happy, while ombre leopard print silk dropped-waist dresses and collared body con pieces will be a surfire hit with his older fanbase. Standout pieces in my opinion were the ones with snakeskin accents. An awesome varsity jacket, shoes and a even a brassiere all sported the luxurious dermis, The cheekiest being a pair of pants  that zip from a full leg into above-the-knee shorts and then into an awesome pair of hot pants. A bold and youthful collection, featuring plenty of elegant moments, that could’ve only come from Henry Holland.

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