Friday for me was all about the pedigree of Fashion Fringe, with the 2010 winner Corrie Nielsen starting proceedings followed by 2009 winner’s Jena.Theo and last year’s winner’s Fyodor Golan. Like with their winning collection at last year’s Fashion Fringe final, this was another collection filled with their trademark sculpted lines, luxurious detailing and exquisite styling.
Showing in the new intimate LFW showspace at the Embankment Galleries, the venue has a lovely long runway, which totally suited the drama of this collection with its high necklines, blade embellishments, cut out detailing and statement jewellery by Pebble London.
Inspired by the juxtaposition between Russian peasants and royalties, autumn/winter 2012 was a rich and detailed display showcasing not only their creative process but their exquisite craftmanship. Once again I was in awe at the use of contrasting textures from luxurious velvets to quilted leather, as well as Swarovski embellishments, tribal detailing, feathers and sheer panels. Every single piece that strutted down the runway was mind-blowing, and the colour palette was rich in its use of whites, burnt oranges and reds, and greens, which included a green glittery woman.
Like with Corrie Nielsen I think the Fyodor Golan duo are aware of making their line commercial and there were a number of sharp tailored overcoats and some gorgeous knitwear items, which sat really well against the dramatic dresses. My favourite look though had to be the finale, which included a statement headpiece that I am sure Lady Gaga’s team are already eyeing up, and for good reason as it as it just blew the audience away.
I loved the dark romance about this collection, which had a lot going on, but I am so proud of their first solo show as it presented their technical and creative skills to the max. On the way out of the venue people were saying that it was reminiscent of the late Alexander McQueen and I most certainly agree. I love it when emerging designers aren’t afraid to do couture looks and step away from just following the trends, this collection really has made me excited to see more from the uber-talented Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman.