What? Antoni and Alison at London Fashion Week AW2012
Where? BFC Showspace, Somerset House
When? Friday 17th February, 9am
Who? LFW stalwarts (and fashion journalism royalty) Hilary Alexander and Colin McDowell were in the front row.
Kicking of the LFW action on Friday morning was Antoni and Alison, taking the early bird spot usually held by Paul Costelloe. While some of the fashion pack might still have been preping and preening (there were several empty back rows) those of us who made the effort to get to the first show of the day were rewarded with a fresh, lively collection that was worth getting up early for.
Opening with what sounded like a press release being read out, a booming voice told us about the history of the brand. Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts met at famed design college Central St Martins and have been designing together ever since. This year marks 25 years in the business, and a catwalk show was chosen for their latest work as ‘the vehicle for its one and only performance.’
Voiceover aside, the goods on show were far from pretentious, and consisted mainly of easy to wear dresses. Going back to their art school roots, the designers riffed on a trompe l’oeuil theme, with texture and embellishment added by way of print. Tweed, petals, buttons, ribbons, wet-look latex – all were rendered in 2D, with the dress acting as a blank canvas. Many dresses were spliced at the waist with a virtual ‘skirt’ in a contrasting print.
A lot of warm golden brown tones were interspersed with deep purple and the odd splash of deep purple and turquoise. A couple of evening looks took the ‘faux’ theme to its natural conclusion: blown up sequin print on a minidress and a printed cropped tux on a floorlength gown. It might not have been groundbreaking, but this kooky-luxe collection still felt fresh and appealing.
Check out the rest of Style & Then Some’s LFW coverage here.