Source: London Fashion Week
I'm off to London Fashion Week tomorrow and thought I would spend some time catching up on the action on the official website where you can see the catwalk show videos. After filing through most of the videos of the last two days I hadn't really seen anything that had me leaping out of my seat with excitement until I came across this show. I hadn't heard of Corrie Nielsen before but she has been the first designer this season whose show has made my jaw drop. She had me hooked from the first swashbuckling outfit.
Sculptural and dramatic shapes constructed with an attention to detail and flair for drama that for me recalled the work of Alexander McQueen. Some wonderful Elizabethan references which she quotes as an influence. Amongst my favourite details were the Elizabethan feel of the high ruff-like collars, a voluminous taffeta cape and blouse, the fine pleated waists on pantaloons and pencil skirts, the medieval corsets, the use of volume to exaggerate the female form.
The sheer grandeur of the two final gowns can only be described as hauntingly regal and walk straight out of their historical references into the modern day, reinterpreted via clever twists of tailoring. There is a cream satin corseted wedding gown with a train and hooped skirt (using what appears to be a modern replica of the Elizabethan farthingale) and the grand finale of a very queenly gown glorified in Gothic black.
A quick perusal of her credentials explains a lot - several years working for Vivienne Westwood would explain the attention to draping, womanly curves and the fine work on the corsetry.
Of course the shoes caught my eye. I noted flashes of the trademark black stripes of shoe designer Georgina Goodman on the soles of the shoes as the models strode away.
This is what I love and enjoy about fashion. Everyone needs clothes to wear but seeing a designer work this kind of transformative magic is what makes the heartbeat quicken, the pulse race. Corrie Nielsen. One to watch!