When: Monday, 20th February at 18:30pm
Where: Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall
Who: Andrew Stone again!
This is the first season I am witness to the label Prose. And with the show being set to an eerie mix of what I believe to be a depressed French love song, I was not expecting bucket loads of frivolity. And quite rightly so, as the models sauntered down the runway in what appeared, overall, to be a very sombre and subdued collection, from the colour palette right down to the models slick-backed no-nonsense hair styles and thick-set brows.
The main focal point of the collection for me, was the wonderful techniques that designer Miriam Lehle employed to bring her vision to life. The almost shredded-like look of some of the garments, seen on selected jackets and tops, are reminiscent of multicoloured plastic ribbon, adorned garments in fluctuating lengths (you would have to mind you didn’t get this fringing caught in the Tube doors, mind). This tougher look juxtaposed nicely against Lehle’s softer pieces, with almost feather-like loose knitted laddering cascading down dresses (see last photograph).
Prose is described as an evolution collection, taking inspiration from itself in past seasons and organic structures and shapes, and apparently uses little trend-let inspiration. As someone who works in trend forecasting though, i do have to say the colour palette employed by the label, all navy, beige, yellow and orange (yes, there is absolutely NO escaping tangerine I am afraid) does seem somewhat trend led. But hey ho, this could have been a lucky fluke!