Wednesday 22 February 2012

London Fashion Week: Derek Lawlor AW12

After leaving it a little bit on the close side (blame Maya) and jumping in the nearest available taxi, we headed off schedule to Shoreditch where Derek Lawlor showcased his latest collection at the charming Paper Dress Vintage.

With models hidden behind a screen, we were left to sip champagne, eat free brownies observe the footwear in anticipation of the show. Such a hard life. Taking in the surroundings in the meantime, it was hard not to notice the rather unusual exposed hair and makeup stations - you see, this was going to be a show with a twist. Changing with every look, the audience were for once able to gain an insight into the fast pace of the behind the scenes crew as they teased and tangled the models hair after each parade.

Specialising in knitwear, Lawlor's creations were innovative and bold, simplified in a predominantly dark palette of blacks and greys with the occasional blast of red. Unlike laddered tights, the laddered knitted dresses were divine and undeniably elegant providing a unique twist to standard formalwear. Revamped classics were a continued theme as simple black leotards and jumpsuits were elevated with 3D embellishments and structured geometric shoulders. There was also a very nipply jumper for those of you who are into that sort of thing. Also showcased throughout were a range of out-of-this-world headpieces designed by Royal College of Art student Hannah Morgan to really up the visual element of the show.

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