Mark Fast, fashion’s undisputed king of knitwear, unveiled a smart and coherent collection on the penultimate day of the capital’s womenswear show calendar.
In a palette that ran from nude to black, interspersed with the kind of brights you would have found on an early nineties friendship bracelet, Fast took us on a journey from tribal desert queen to 70s poolside glamour all with a yarn twist.
Displaying his talents with the crochet knit, Fast opened the show with a collection of dresses which ran through every imaginable skirt variation from tiered to mermaid, the pace only faltering momentarily for said mermaid who had to struggle down the runway not unlike a fish out of water.
The collection led onto a knit so gossamer it was like it’d been spun by the tiniest of all the fashion butterflies but where the collection really came to life was in the fringing work, a highlight being the 20s inspired fringed robe thrown over a crochet swimsuit, which just oozed movie starlet glamour.
There was a moment when Fast went off piste a little, as out emerged three looks of the non-knitted variety. A tangerine bomber paired with a high-waisted pencil skirt suggesting the future for Fast may involve more resting of the knitting needles.
The tail end of the collection featured uber sexy evening wear, ruffled silk raffia jackets and skirts added new proportions to his usual body-con silhouette. The tone became even more dramatic with the finale dress looking almost like it had been licked by flames, molten lava apparently Fast’s inspiration for this ultimate show-stopping gown.
**Thanks to my pal Ella Shippey, Freelance Fashion Assistant, for stepping in and covering my shows while I was in New York, you rock!!!**