Wow. I really mean it. Wow.
When some people think of a fashion show, this is how they look in their fantasies, often let down in reality by a designer’s insistence on the dull side of simplicity or wearablity. However, as I took my seat on the front row at Inbar Spector, the wildest side of my imagination was fulfilled by one of the most remarkable and creative shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. Spectators have been raving for days after the show took place and rightly so as Inbar Spector, a relative unknown, was the name on everybody’s lips. One of this season’s most magnificent Vauxhall Fashion Scout shows thus far, Inbar Spector was a breathtaking collection of ingenuity and wonder. And to top it all off? Joanna Newsom’s ‘Peach Plum Pear’ helped to soundtrack the event. It was fate that I was there, surely?
Inspired by a theme of escapism, her signature style transpired through a myriad of luxurious fabrics, crinolines, sequins and metallics that beautifully reflected off each and every photographer’s flash. The collection focused on the question “Where does skin end and the body start?”, immediately apparent the models losing themselves to their clothing through facial concealment and endless reams of fabric. Fantastical fairytale bodycon items blended with ragile cut away patterns, carefully entwining the model with each piece.
Extravagant pastel toned ruffles, detailed lace and enough sequins that were so bright even I had to shield my eyes all contributed to an alluring and breathtaking displays. Lilacs, mint green, rose pinks, golds and nudes were apparent throughout, leaving the most understated colour of white to create the most stunning of finale looks. A huge wedding-style, ruffle layered dress, not too unlike a wedding cake in some respects, was paired with an exotic bejewelled mask, all designed by Lara Jensen, to a standing ovation.
Are you likely to be popping to tescos in these pieces? No. Not in the slightest. But the show was everything I could want from London Fashion Week – creative, flamboyant, excessive and experimental and Inbar Spector didn’t let me down.Truly, truly magical.
As always, more to come.