What? Corrie Nielsen at London Fashion Week AW2012
Where? BFC Showspace, Somerset House
When? Friday 17th February, 11am
Who? Stylists Rebekah Roy and Joel Dash, Hilary Alexander (yep, her again).
A tartan invitation. Bagpipes playing. The words ‘Destiarium Scotitum.’ Do you need any more clues as to where former Fashion Fringe winner Corrie Nielsen was headed this season? That’s right, this was a Highland affair from start to finish, inspired by Nielsen’s distant Scottish relatives apparently.
Tight tartan pencil skirts were paired with ruffled long sleeved blouses, while jackets with high necks and leg o’ mutton sleeves suggested a Victorian sternness. There was also something beautifully funereal about the black chiffon overlaid from waist to chin on an off-the-shoulder red tartan frock. Elsewhere, the corsetry and draping, particularly on a heavy navy asymmetrical dress, called to mind one of Nielsen’s former employers, Vivienne Westwood. Black court shoes with architectural block heels were provided by those makers of zany shoes, United Nude.
But the designer this collection owed most too was, of course, Alexander McQueen, or more precisely, his 1995 Highland Rape collection. That’s no bad thing though. Nielsen took the Scottish theme and deftly placed it in a historical context – and the results were grand but restrained.
Well, restrained with the exception of the final two looks, that is: a huge black and white tartan full skirt with a stiff white sleeveless chiffon blouse, and the piece de resistance, a ruffled billowing navy silk cape that the word ‘voluminous’ doesn’t even come close to describing. Again, it bore more than a passing resemblance to a red McQueen cape (one that Andre Leon Talley once wore to the Met Ball), but since this is only Nielsen’s third London Fashion Week solo show we can forgive her that.
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