Who: Bernard Chandran
Where: Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden
When: Saturday 18th February, 5.30pm
Judging from his latest collection, it’s little wonder that Bernard Chandran has become a favourite of Lady Gaga. As the lights went up to an infectious drum and bass soundtrack, we saw a host of madcap evening looks come down the runway complete with retro barrel role hairstyles.
From funnel necked cocktail dresses, encrusted with Swarovski crystals around the neck, to wetlook black silk trousers and navy satin gowns, here was a collection that was eccentric yet elegant.
As his palette traveled from black and navy to caramel and toffee hues, we also saw Chandran experiment with Autumn staple pieces. Highlights for me included a woman’s tuxedo jacket, with exaggerated lapels and sequin detailing, as well as another black evening gown embellished with multicoloured crystals – something that had a touch of the orient to it.
The range of textiles on offer here also piqued my curiosity and showed off Chandran’s skill: whether it was mixing a delicate lace overlay on a monochrome number with a leather collar, or a fuzzy black knitted dress muddled with metallic threads. The whole collection felt young, fresh and futuristic – a great credit to Chandran’s talent.