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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayley Trezise at Alternative Fashion Week 2010
Look out for my next blog post, day three, coming soon…
- Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: An Introduction.
- Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: a review of Day 3
- Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule S/S 2012 in Łódź: Jacek Klosinski - Hyakinth
- London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Georgia Hardinge (by Amelia)
- Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: more from Day 4