One of my highlights season-in-season-out is Corrie Nielsen and once again the former Fashion Fringe winner impressed me with her signature couture and dramatic silhouettes. This season, taking inspiration from Kew Gardens, Corrie’s spring/summer 2013 collection felt more feminine than I had seen before from her, and the lighter colour palette was refreshing to see.
Kew Gardens can be seen throughout the sculptural and architectural collection, in the ruffles and the voluminous gowns, in the colourful dip-dyed organza and the models make-up, in the crafted petal-like peplums, in the crimped hair that symbolised flowers in the wind, and in the tranquil birdsong sounds that accompanied the models down the catwalk.
There were a lot of ooh moments, as there always is with Corrie’s shows, but my favourite pieces had to be the gown inspired by Kews’ Victorian glasshouse, simply stunning, the voluminous strapless peach gown that just looked like a flowers petals before it has opened fully, and the incredible dip-dyed wedding dress, which finished the show. In my opinion, this gown wouldn’t look out-of-place on the red carpet at Cannes or somewhere equally accustomed with the high dramatics, it would be amazing to see someone like Diane Kruger wearing this gown.
After the show I popped backstage to congratulate Corrie and asked her whether this feminine approach to her designs is the start of something new for her, and she simply replied “I’m not sure yet, it depends on my mood”, well here’s hoping that Corrie’s mood stays sunny as I really loved the delicate touches of this floral-inspired collection.