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London Fashion Week S/S 2011 Catwalk Review: Ones to Watch

Ones to Watch is always a great place to spot a couple of fabulous new talents in one show. Bring on collections by Lilee, Charlotte Taylor, A.Hallucination and hot tip Georgia Hardinge.

Written by Amelia Gregory

LFW-Georgia Hardinge_by Krister Selin
Georgia Hardinge by Krister Selin.

I really enjoy the Ones to Watch because it inevitably features a plethora of new talent all wheeled out in one show on the same hastily repackaged models, meaning that a compromise must inevitably be reached concerning casting, hair and make up – for timing’s sake. And usually the standard is very high. This time round we were treated to four very different young designers, or at least young to the world of fashion:

LFW_Lillee_Abigail Nottingham
Lilee by Abigail Nottingham.

London College of Fashion graduate Lilee showed an all cream collection (or was that the yellow glow of the lights?) of drapes and folds and pleats, though I found it hard to make out the exciting sculptural qualities promised by her previous collections as seen online. It was very demure and tasteful, but not that exciting for a colour hound like myself.

Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Lilee photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Lilee photo by Amelia Gregory
All photography by Amelia Gregory.

Next up was my pick of the bunch: Charlotte Taylor laid breast plate adornments and over-sized pendants over a confident collection of dresses and shorts presented in a chirpy fashion. I loved the fetching colour range of tomato, mustard, fresh mint green and wedgewood blues, presented with robot prints and striped cutaway detailing. Her blog states ” Don’t expect – black” Very good. We like. Apparently she used to work at Luella, and this easy going, playful and highly wearable collection was synonymous with the style that Luella was so well known for. I particularly loved the high wasted velvet shorts and crop top combo. Keep an eye on this designer.

Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Charlotte Taylor photo by Amelia Gregory
LFW_Charlotte Taylor by Abigail Nottingham
LFW_Charlotte Taylor by Abigail Nottingham
Charlotte Taylor by Abigail Nottingham.

Sadly A.Hallucination did not show psychedelic fare as I had rather hoped for: but rather some quite nice dandyish menswear. The duo of Hwan Sun Park and Chung Chung Lee are graduates of you know where…. (Central… need I say the rest?) and cut an amusing pair when they took their turn to bow on the catwalk. It was also a highly polished – fun yet wearable – collection, and I liked the shorts paired with low slung cut waistcoats and jackets featuring pretty details such as toggles and zippered pleats.

Fashion Scout Ones to Watch A.Hallucination photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch A.Hallucination photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch A.Hallucination photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch A.Hallucination photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch A.Hallucination photo by Amelia Gregory
LFW-A Hallucination by Krister Selin
LFW-A Hallucination by Krister Selin
A.Hallucination by Krister Selin.

Next up was the hot tip for the show – Georgia Hardinge. And I must say that the ruffle covered wedding-ish concoctions were initially as appealing as Bjork dressed in THAT swan dress: even the shoes and models’ poker straight hair did not escape a serious ruffling. But then came the real show stoppers – netted chiffon sculptural dresses that seemed almost to have come from the mind of a different person altogether. These emphasised the hips and waist in peculiar ways – destined, like the ruffles, only to look good on the most waifish of people.

Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
LFW-Georgia Hardinge by Krister Selin
LFW-Georgia Hardinge by Krister Selin
Georgia Hardinge by Krister Selin.

Previous collections have been interesting, but I’m not sure I was sold on the concept of this one, which was allegedly an analysis of what a woman is… I did however like the final bright yellow number, which looked less meringue bridesmaid and more cheeky 80s cocktail dress. I’m definitely sticking with Charlotte Taylor as my fave though.

Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Georgia Hardinge photo by Amelia Gregory

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