Tag Archive: Mark Fast

Sep 09 2013

LFW Preview: Designer’s Share Their SS14 Inspiration

mulberry-tea-cup-Fashion month has started, New York Fashion Week is in full swing and London Fashion Week is less than a week away, and I am getting pretty excited to see what the London-based designers have in store for us for spring/summer 2014.

Well, it seems that it isn’t only me getting excited about the SS14 collections, as LFW designers have been sharing their inspiration and work-in-progress via their social media channels as they start the countdown to their shows.

It is nice to see so many designers embracing social media ahead of the shows – and the sneak peaks feature everything from miniature tea cups to graphic prints and floral blooms – I have a feeling it is going to be a bright season.

Scroll through the SS14 preview gallery below and let me know who’s collection you are excited to see.

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Sep 17 2012

LFW SS13: Day 4 – A Barbie Makeover, Mark Fast Goes Ghetto, and I Opt For A Flash Of Pink…Again

Day 4 of London Fashion Week is generally about the big hitters Burberry and Erdem, unless like me you sadly don’t have tickets, one day here’s hoping. For me today was all about heading over to the Topshop venue on Bedford Square for the first time this fashion week, Barbie hitting the catwalk, seeing Mark Fast’s latest offering, as well as dropping in on the bloggers hangout The Apartment for a Forever 21 styling session.

First up Louise Gray at the Topshop venue and Barbie’s latest appearance at London Fashion Week, last year was Sister by Sibling but I was really excited to see the Louise’s three designs inspired by my favourite doll. My excitement for the show did sour slightly with the fact I nearly didn’t get in, sadly I only had a standing ticket and they said it was too crowded to let me in, thankfully I squeezed into the tent as the last minute. It does disappointment me that for a show that was sponsored by Barbie that they didn’t do more to support fashion blogs like mine that love Barbie, come on it is in my blog name!

But enough about that, back to the collection, I love how Louise Gray brings the fun to fashion. I love the energy and attitude of Louise’s shows, the soundtrack was incredible, and I loved the graffiti, doodles, and newsprint-esq prints on the shift dresses and tailored pieces. What stood out the most, other than the fab three Barbie-inspired pieces had to be the accessories – everything from the mirror-effect headgear, designed by milliner, Stephen Jones, to the Tatty Devine made jewellery, and the make-up was crazy finishing touch with cartoon crown’s pencilled over the top of the eyebrows and matte orange lips.

From Bedford Square I then stupidly along with Alex and Briony jumped on the press bus to Burberry, the furthest London Fashion Week venue, for some reason this fashion week I have been making some very rookie mistakes. To be honest though I kind of enjoy my bus trip through London!

Every day there has been something different at The Apartment today was Forever 21’s turn, they brought the specially curated Abi Marvel collection, which you must look out for in the Oxford Circus store, plus stacks of jewellery, sweets and their new shoe collections.

Then thanks to Get Taxi I got to Mark Fast in plenty of time. Mark Fast is always an intriguing show, whether it is to see the plus-size models or to see what else he can craft in knit, or to see who is on the front row – last season it was Kanye West, sadly we all had to make do with Kelly Brooke who is doing the rounds this LFW.

To the soundtrack of Salt n Pepper, Mark Fast’s ‘Broke’ collection sent down model after model all sporting the same afro hairstyle and hip hop swagger. Of course there was lots of figure-hugging knitwear, micro skirts, and lots and lots of fringing. Obviously Mark Fast is saying if it isn’t broken don’t fix it!!!

My final stop of the day was the Handpicked Media suite to see the Ted Baker girlies, I love their autumn/winter 2012 collection so it was lovely to take a peak at my favourite pieces, but what I loved most was the Hunger Games-inspired display – very Katniss with the bow and arrow!!!

To my look, well I went for a girlie vibe today as Barbie was in town, so I decided to team my Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo tee with my pleated black skirt, new Topshop boots, which simply go with everything, and I couldn’t resist a flash of pink with my Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

My Style: Next pleated skirt; Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo t-shirt; New Look skinny neon pink belt; Black embellished cardigan; Topshop boots; and Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

What was your highlight of Day 4 at London Fashion Week?

Sep 21 2011

LFW SS12: Mark Fast by Ella Shippey

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!!!**
[Pics: Style.com]

Jun 27 2011

Shoe Loving: ALDO Get Lucky Launch Party

Last week I was invited to international footwear brand ALDO’s autumn/winter 2011 campaign launch at the fabulous One Marylebone in London. The party was to launch their new campaign ‘Get Lucky’ shot by Terry Richardson and fronted by the gorgeous Lily Donaldson, who was completely stunning in real life.

ALDO has always been on my radar as they do a great selection of boots, but what was nice about this event was finding out more about the brand, Mr ALDO was even in the house, as well as finding out about their designer capsule collaborations, the ALDO Rise initiative, which sees the brand hooking up with up-and-coming design talent.

The event was hosted by ALDO Creative Director Douglas Bensadoun, what a cutie, seen here with the gorgeous Lily, who introduced us to the brand’s new developments for AW11 as well as SS12, which included details of the retailers new Oxford Street flagship store, their intentions to launch a London-based design studio over the summer, as well as the amazing news that British-based fashion designers Mark Fast, J.W. Anderson and Preen are teaming up with ALDO for SS12, I seriously can’t wait to see Mark Fast’s capsule collection.

I was quite taken with the AW11 Rise capsule collection by Christian Cota, the boots were amazing, and I choose the black knee-high ones as my ‘Get Lucky’ free gift, so can’t wait to wear them!!!

There were also a lot of celebs in attendance, including the gorgeous Louise Roe, loving her orange top, nails and bling ring!!! As well as Alexis  Jordan, Jameela  Jamil, Caroline  Flack, Henry  Holland, Rita  Ora, Jade  Parfitt, Jasmine Guniness, and Sunday Girl, seriously cool crowd!!

As well as the exciting news, the striking Lily and celeb pals, ALDO also showed off its new collections, lots of sparkly, very high, and all extremely glamorous. My favs were these purple sparkly wedge heels that all the Surgery PR girls were working, very seventies diva, LOVE!

It was also nice to catch up with fellow bloggers Carina100 and Really Ree. Such a great event, gorgeous campaign, and so can’t wait for the autumn/winter collection to hit the stores.

Sep 25 2010

Runway To Celebrity: Kylie Works Mark Fast SS11 Dress

Pic: Via @KylieMinogue

OMG I love that my favourite dress as sported by Amber Le Bon on the catwalk this week at London Fashion Week has been picked up by Kylie Minogue.

Aussie diva Kylie tweeted this cute piccie of her working Mark Fast’s divine multi-coloured fringe dress with Nicholas Kirkwood heels and she looks stunning.

I know I was wondering how quick the SS11 collections would take to get spotted on celebrities – but this was very quick the show was only Monday.

Sep 20 2010

LFW SS11: Mark Fast Works Swarovski Embellished Knits

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.

Jul 07 2010

Shopping: Mark Fast For Topshop Launches Today

Pic: Mark Fast for Topshop, £150

Canadian born fashion designer Mark Fast is probably known for sending a curvy model down the catwalk at London Fashion Week but he is much more than that – he is a master at creating sexy knits.

This is his first collection for Topshop and it hits stores today. Sadly it is only a five-piece knitwear collection, but it is a great five pieces – all with his trademark intricate knitwear and sexy skin-revealing panels.

Mark was inspired by sleek exotic birds for his this collection, particularly the shimmer of their wings and the movement of their feathers as they fly. The star of the line has to be this body-conscious dress which is heavily embellished with matte rubberised beads, adding weight and drama to the fine knitwear.

The other piece I love is this lilac-grey crochet dress covered in tiny holes, I love the moth-eaten look, £150.

The collection is only available at selected stores London Oxford Circus, Selfridges, Liverpool, Manchester Arndale, and Topshop.com. Get it while you can I am sure that it will be a sell out.

Pic: Mark Fast for Topshop, £150

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