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Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: a review of Day 2

My round up of the best (and most entertaining) fashion to come out of day two at Alternative Fashion Week, including Georgia Nash, Kimberley Startup, Hayley Trezise and Sample Remix.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hayley Trezise
Hayley Trezise at Alternative Fashion Week 2010. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

Day two at Alternative Fashion Week was my first full day in attendance at Crispin Place in Spitalfields, and the minute I rounded the corner into the market I was met by Hackney Community College lined up to go on stage. From a brave man bearing streaks of red body paint and what looked like an extremely bad Doctor Who monster costume to the girls in towering swathes of messed up material, it looked like there had been a serious riot in the art department. A promising start it was not, but such is life at Alternative Fashion Week.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hackney Community College
Hackney Community College “wows” at Alternative Fashion Week.

After a tacky collection of short leather skirts that might be favoured by the denizens of Essex nightclubs things quickly began to look up. Charlie Chambers recycled old clothing to show an eclectic mash up of print and colour on barefoot girls.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010
Tacky.
Alternative Fashion Week Day1 2010 Charlie Chambers
Alternative Fashion Week Day1 2010 Charlie Chambers
Alternative Fashion Week Day1 2010 Charlie Chambers
Charlie Chambers. Not tacky.

Sample Remix is the label of designer Stacey Richards, who had named her collection Acedia, meaning “state of torpor“, often the result of spiritual atrophy. To describe this out of balance state she used strange proportions. The result? A collection chockfull of corsetry and bondage references, which meant it was a great hit with photographers. I particularly liked the delicate metal mouth muzzles which were made in conjunction with a jewellery designer. Not practical by any means, and I’m not sure what they mean, but a lot of fun visually and bound to be a hit with stylists.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Sample Remix by Stacey Richards
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Sample Remix by Stacey Richards
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Sample Remix by Stacey Richards
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Sample Remix by Stacey Richards
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Sample Remix by Stacey Richards
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Stacey Richards
Stacey Richards of Sample Remix.

A towering collection of blonde girls had been selected to model Kimberley Startup’s collection, titled Come On Now Kimi, Grow Up. In brightly coloured shoes and socks they sported sculptural clothing in pastel shades of lime, orange and lilac. A puffball dress inspired by the stackable rings of a children’s toy was perhaps not the most flattering of outfits, but the styling was clever, particularly the use of actual toys – I enjoyed the wooden train set over shoulder look. Better than a fur stole any day.

Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Alternative Fashion Week Day 2 2010 Kimberley Startup
Kimberley Startup herself.

Next up was a highly polished collection from Georgia Nash, also heavy on the wooden toy front. Based on the Nutcracker – ‘The nut was too strong to crack’ – it even featured painted toy soldiers attached to the heels of shoes and a strong colour palette of red, black, cream and forest greens. I loved the layered ruffles in different fabrics and the use of oversized pearl beading embellishments. When I spotted Georgia herself backstage she was also wonderfully dressed in cascading layers.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Georgia Nash
Georgia Nash backstage.

Tanya Smith showed The Natural Look, with a purple and coral collection featuring huge rounded shoulders and massive print collars inspired by the shapes of exotic flowers at Kew Gardens. There were a few very promising pieces in this collection and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith.

Dorota Damian is a petite blonde Polish girl and for this show she took inspiration from the traditional shapes and embellishments of her homeland to present a strong monochromatic tailored collection. Her website may be naff, but if you can overlook that there were some very pretty and accomplished garments in her line up.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Dorota Damian
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Dorota Damian
Dorota Damian.

Hayley Trezise won my styling award of the day, thanks to her troupe of frizzyhaired feathered models in gently tailored ruffled concoctions in a range of neutral tones. Better still, her Raggedy Compare Readings collection used entirely recycled fabrics. I’d love to know more about this designer.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hayley Trezise
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hayley Trezise
Alternative Fashion Week 2010 Hayley Trezise
Hayley Trezise at Alternative Fashion Week 2010

Look out for my next blog post, day three, coming soon…

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4 Responses to “Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: a review of Day 2”

  1. Dorota Damian says:

    Dear Amelia,
    Thank you for your opinion about my collection from the Alternative Fashion Week. I just wanted to tell you that my website is under construction and is not ready for the public. I would appreciate if you could mention that in your article.

    Kind regards and all the best for the future.

    Dorota Damian

  2. Amelia says:

    Hi Dorota thanks for pointing that out – but with all due respect, unless your website is offline then it is there for the public to see! Hopefully your new website will be ready soon. Best wishes with your collection, Amelia x

  3. [...] quirky couture pieces for all occasions. A leading eco and ethical designer, Hayley has shown at London Alternative Fashion Week 2009/10 and Fashion Showcase Wales [...]

  4. Although very delayed… many thanks for your words on my collection shown at alternative fashion week, and please find attached my current website. xxx

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