This week I have been mostly attending Alternative Fashion Week in Spitalfields market, every day at lunchtime. Every day that is except Monday, when I forgot to go. I was reminded of the event on my way into town when I came across a row of colourful girls perched on a wall nearby like a flock of cold parrots. All were sporting fantastical and over the top contraptions on their head. Aha! I just had time to stop, take some pics and hand out my card.
Later that night I was contacted by the designer of the hats, Chloe Haywood from sexy Surrey. Hatastic! was launched in 2009 and this was her first catwalk show. She sells on www.folksy.com and is happy to take commissions for hats and fascinators created from recycled oddments that she finds in charity shops. These are not for the feint hearted and some creations worked a whole lot better than others: much as I applaud the upcycling of as much junk as possible, those based on children’s toys – including a windmill and a rainbow spring – looked gimmicky and cheap; but the red bow, dollar bill and dice versions looked quite fabulous and would make handy accessories for stylists or those unafraid of making a statement a la Isabella Blow (RIP).
- Robert Bradford
- The Ace of TRAID
- Little Glass Clementine jewellery
- Fashion Favours
- Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: a review of Day 3