Richard Nicoll Autumn/Winter 2013-14

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Sensible sophistication set the tone at the Richard Nicoll AW13 show, a collection titled the ‘special normal’ which spanned expertly selected palette and textures.

Richard Nicoll chose to channel a cool, calm and collected women of the season dressed in shades of grey from draping tailored two pieces to a cleanly cut jumpsuit.

Greys and navies were matched with flashes of silver shoes and shiny navy, pale blue silk was paired gracefully with snippets of peach, nude leather pencil skirts and dresses with stretch panelling detail and fur front dresses went from sexy demure to quirky sublime.

The colour wheel spun into full motion when blood orange exploded down the run way, worn in a stand out hip length leather jacket with silver zip detail to an elbow length knit and floor skimming thigh splitting skirt.

This collection skilfully showed Richard’s intelligence of being able to pair the bold primaries with classic muted tones, experimenting in rich fabrics such as satin, vinyl and leather to create a smart, sexy and aesthetically informed shape.

Designer & Brand Info: Richard Nicoll

PR Team: The Communications Store

Article by Tania Willis

Photography by Alan Christopher Parker

© ACP / Stylogasm 2012-2013

Bernard Chandran Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

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Malaysian designer Bernard Chandran’s AW13 collection was inspired by 1950’s model Dovima, a 22 inch waisted aristocratic looking beauty loved by photographer Irving Penn.

Chasing the aesthetic of 1950’s women who took pride in their perfected appearance, Bernard explores a sophisticated lady of now through bold techni-colour prints in firey oranges, beige white and black cut into two-pieces of the future, class retained through wrist length arms and knee to ankle skimming skirts.

A collection fit for sophisticated carnival to intergalactic hip hop party, Bernard’s designs stretched from neck to knees, green leather to orange silk suits and flat peaked ‘balaclavas.’

Cropped jackets, updated cocoon shapes, narrow skirts, tapered pants in fabrics inspired by nature in silk wool, lurex lace and leather crafted with strong primary colours of green, blue, red and yellow represented a modern interpretation of the well dressed woman.

Designer & Brand Info: Bernard Chandran

PR Team: POP PR

Photography by Alan Christopher Parker
© ACP / Stylogasm 2012

Article by Tania Willis

Pam Hogg Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

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It came as no surprise that the designer, who designed THAT wedding dress for Lady Mary Charteris, raised as many eyebrows in controversy at LFW as the vicar who met the skimpy bride at the altar.
Freemasons hall was packed with an array of actors, musicians, aristocrats, designers and club kids showing the diverse cult following Pam Hogg has artfully crafted over the past two decades.

Beats provided by Carter Tutti created the sound-scape to the collection, enhancing the already charged atmosphere. The presentation of clothes and dancing models evoked a kind of primal mysticism which entranced and sometimes overwhelmed the viewer into a beautiful submission…

Taking the mythological tale of ‘The Emperors Clothes’ as inspiration, Pam led her audience through a creative repertoire of dominatrix fetishism in PVC bodysuits shimmering in gothic black and blood red, paired with large cubic headdresses in a similar material, to glamorous satin evening-wear in ivory, emerald green and red, cut contrastingly to a demure knee length for dresses and high necklines.

Pam’s boldest creative statement was in the models full frontal nudity, but for floor length coats, matching cubic head pieces and thigh high PVC boots, except this time there was no delusion of any ‘special’ threads, these threads were simply majestic!
Closing the show in a liquid gold and red PVC jumpsuit alongside the models, Pam proved that her creative intelligence, design and humour still had a deeply rooted place in what any good fashion show should be, a performance.

Designer & Brand Info: Pam Hogg

PR Team: Pop PR

Article by Tania Willis

Photography by Alan Christopher Parker

© ACP / Stylogasm 2012-2013