Sadly I didn’t get a ticket to see Mark Fast’s collection strut down the catwalk but I did get to enjoy his first stand alone show at London Fashion Week via the live streaming. Known of course for his body-conscious knits he didn’t disappointed with this stunning spring/summer 2011 collection.
“The vision for this collection is to generate a feeling of hope in the face of destruction. I want to create a dichotomy between the strictness of my knitted stitches and new sensitive textures. I have been looking at how different objects can be combined with knitwear to create imagery of both fierce destruction and resurrection. I want to show a sense of fragility with the use of new textures in my work. I am using transparent knitted pieces and feather-like knits. I concentrated on the shimmering quality of the knit and how it moves on the catwalk.” – Mark Fast
As always Mark rejects that there is just one body shape in fashion sending down models of various sizes, who worked his signature knit dresses sporting cobweb detailing, cutouts, fringing, tassles, feathers, perspex panels and crystal embellishments. What made this collection for me had to be the vivid colours used on the fringing. The dress that Amber Le Bon (above) wore is one of my favourites with its silk fringing in fuschia and orange – it really pops against the black knit. Also the flared black playsuit (below) had a 70s vibe to it and was a great opening to the show.
The line wasn’t all knit with patent bra tops, leggings and cycling shorts mixed into the collection, paired with custom-made Christian Louboutin cork wedge platforms with lace details.
For me this collection will be remembered by the dramatic ending of Mark Fast’s idea of a wedding gown – a gorgeous pure white floor-length tassel gown which was a fitting end to a remarkable show.