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London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Jaeger

Jaeger creative director Stuart Stockdale proves that classic autumnal block colouring can look fantastically sophisticated and stylish. Shown on Saturday 19th February at Somerset House.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai.

I really don’t know what it is about fashion that attracts so many people with a dark sensibility. Is it because an obsession with the way we look can easily tip into self flagellation? Maybe for striving but somehow never attaining perfection? Punishment, tadalafil pain and even death are a major inspiration for all sorts of fashionable creativity… and ideas provoked by S&M were present in spades at this LFW, visit this site as always.

Úna Burke presented her leatherwear collection at Fashion Scout accompanied by a somewhat disturbing film that my more erudite boyfriend informed me was similar to the work of Bjork’s one time other half Matthew Barney.

It featured scenes of a semi clad model in a dungeon – opening her eyes in gory close up before grappling her way towards the light and a crowd of bemused onlookers.

In cabinets we were invited to admire the bondage inspired pieces up close, presented alongside grainy black and white photos, stills from the film. Her website cites her stated aim “to create leather objects which are both visually captivating and technically challenging.” Úna Burke inhabits that grey area between art and fashion – making wearable art. Using traditional techniques, there is undoubtedly a fine sense of craftsmanship to her work. All well and good for a bit of sex play, but this kind of presentation leaves me wondering – what exactly is the market for this? Can one make a living this way? Or must one diversify into slightly more commercial pieces to survive? Witness the Maria Francesca Pepe exhibition a few days later…

You can read Matthew Bramford’s complimentary review of the same presentation right here.
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai.

I really don’t know what it is about fashion that attracts so many people with a dark sensibility. Is it because an obsession with the way we look can easily tip into self flagellation? Maybe for striving but somehow never attaining perfection? Punishment, purchase pain and even death are a major inspiration for all sorts of fashionable creativity… and ideas provoked by S&M were present in spades at this LFW, find as always.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory

Úna Burke presented her leatherwear collection at Fashion Scout accompanied by a somewhat disturbing film that my more erudite boyfriend informed me was similar to the work of Bjork’s one time other half Matthew Barney. It featured scenes of a semi clad model in a dungeon – opening her eyes in gory close up before grappling her way towards the light and a crowd of bemused onlookers.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory
Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.

In cabinets we were invited to admire the bondage inspired pieces up close, splayed out and presented alongside grainy black and white photos, stills from the film. Her website cites her stated aim “to create leather objects which are both visually captivating and technically challenging.” Úna Burke inhabits that grey area between art and fashion – making wearable art. Using traditional techniques, there is undoubtedly a fine sense of craftsmanship to her work. All well and good for a bit of sex play, but this kind of presentation leaves me wondering – what exactly is the market for this? Can one make a living this way? Or must one diversify into slightly more commercial pieces to survive? Witness the Maria Francesca Pepe exhibition a few days later…

You can read Matthew Bramford’s complimentary review of the same presentation right here.
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai.

I really don’t know what it is about fashion that attracts so many people with a dark sensibility. Is it because an obsession with the way we look can easily tip into self flagellation? Maybe encouraged by the desire to strive for but never being able to attain perfection? Punishment, advice pain and even death are a major inspiration for all sorts of fashionable creativity… and ideas provoked by S&M were present in spades at this LFW, as always.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory

Úna Burke presented her leatherwear collection at Fashion Scout accompanied by a somewhat disturbing film that my more erudite boyfriend informed me was similar to the work of Bjork’s one time other half Matthew Barney. It featured scenes of a semi clad model in a dungeon – opening her eyes in gory close up before grappling her way towards the light and a crowd of bemused onlookers.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory
Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.

In cabinets we were invited to admire the bondage inspired pieces up close, splayed out and presented alongside grainy black and white photos, stills from the film. Her website cites her stated aim “to create leather objects which are both visually captivating and technically challenging.” Úna Burke inhabits that grey area between art and fashion – making wearable art. Using traditional techniques, there is undoubtedly a fine sense of craftsmanship to her work. All well and good for a bit of sex play, but this kind of presentation leaves me wondering – what exactly is the market for this? Can one make a living this way? Or must one diversify into slightly more commercial pieces to survive? Witness the Maria Francesca Pepe exhibition a few days later…

You can read Matthew Bramford’s complimentary review of the same presentation right here.
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai
Una Burke A/W 2011 by Joy Chokchai.

I really don’t know what it is about fashion that attracts so many people with a dark sensibility. Is it because an obsession with the way we look can easily tip into self flagellation? Maybe encouraged by the desire to strive for but never being able to attain perfection? Punishment, sales pain and even death are a major inspiration for all sorts of fashionable creativity… and ideas provoked by S&M were present in spades at this LFW, sildenafil as always.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory

Úna Burke presented her leatherwear collection at Fashion Scout accompanied by a somewhat disturbing film that my more erudite boyfriend informed me was similar to the work of Bjork’s one time other half Matthew Barney. It featured scenes of a semi clad model in a dungeon – opening her eyes in gory close up before grappling her way towards the light and a crowd of bemused onlookers.

Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia GregoryUna Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory
Una Burke A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.

In cabinets we were invited to admire the bondage inspired pieces up close, splayed out and presented alongside grainy black and white photos, stills from the film. Her website cites her stated aim “to create leather objects which are both visually captivating and technically challenging.” Úna Burke inhabits that grey area between art and fashion – making wearable art. Using traditional techniques, there is undoubtedly a fine sense of craftsmanship to her work. All well and good for a bit of sex play, but this kind of presentation leaves me wondering – what exactly is the market for this? Can one make a living this way? Or must one diversify into slightly more commercial pieces to survive? Witness the Maria Francesca Pepe exhibition a few days later…

You can read Matthew Bramford’s complimentary review of the same presentation right here.
Jaeger A/W 2011 by Madi
Jaeger A/W 2011 by Madi.

Jaeger, find I’m afraid, viagra 60mg is one of those shows for which I lost the press release several weeks ago. That’s if there ever was one – but who needs a blurb anyway? Surely the clothes should be able to do the talking…

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Jaeger A/W 2011 by Katherine Tromans.

Jaeger is a traditional brand that has managed to up the fashion style stakes with in house design team shake ups. The current creative director is Stuart Stockdale, malady who formerly worked for Pringle of Scotland amongst others. He’s been with Jaeger for several years now and after a prolonged period in the doldrums he has succeeded in reinvigorating the brand. What is it with British heritage fashion brands? They’re just so very good at reinventing themselves.

Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011 by Joana FariaJaeger A/W 2011 by Joana Faria
Jaeger A/W 2011 by Joana Faria.

It was under the clean lights of the BFC tent that Jaeger hit the catwalk, itself all clean lines and considered tailoring. Sharp, beautifully crisp well fitting garments ploughed out to meet the photographers. The collection was a delicious mix of autumnal colours: blocks of cinnamon, caramel, fallen leaf orange, paprika, mustard and moss gathering around punctual navy blues and sensible chocolate brown. Capacious leather bags and handheld clutches were the accessory of choice but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the shoes, cleverly styled with stripy woollen socks. Present and correct was the colour du jour – sharp bursts of orange red. Or on dazzling silky blouses a lip-smacking deep fuchsia pink. Yum.

Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.Jaeger A/W 2011 by Zoe Georgiou
Jaeger A/W 2011 by Zoe Georgiou.

This is what I would wear if I were a different kind of person: one who always looks immaculately turned out, whatever the occasion. And of course one who has a very nice steady stream of income. Working women in a certain type of job would do well to look to Jaeger for fabulous style and quality that won’t go out of fashion in a hurry.

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Jaeger A/W 2011. Photography by Amelia Gregory.

As you can see, I got a bit hypnotised by the feet…

You can see more illustrations by Joana Faria and Katherine Tromans in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

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2 Responses to “London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Jaeger”

  1. Akeela says:

    The shoes are gorgeous! Love the colours and shapes. Amazing illustrations as per usual!

  2. [...] Beautiful autumn colors and some truly great coats. For the complete review, go to Amelia’s Magazine. [...]

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