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London Fashion Week S/S 2011 Catwalk Review: Holly Fulton (reprise)

On Monday 20th September, Holly Fulton unveiled her Cruise Collection at the BFC Fashion Tent. The luxurious illustrations are by Lesley Barnes and Natsuki Otani

Written by Sally Mumby-Croft

Illustration by Lesley Barnes

Monday Morning at 9.45 saw the BFC tent divided between the awesome designs of Holly Fulton and David Koma. Where David showed silhouetted Egypitian Columns softened with a touch of the Ballet. Holly said relax, remedy lets imagine we’re on a luxious 80′s cruise ship where Joan Collins is directing the dress code.

Illustration by Natsuki Otani

Holly’s signature prints were out in force adorning the pinafore dresses, skirts, wide legged pants, (I have recently discovered these are called ‘Palazzo Trousers’) to the perfect yachting shorts. Outfits were kept crisp with the addition of a simple tee that radiated holiday in the South of France in both colour and cut.

All photographs by Amelia Gregory

The stylists of Gossip Girl, (potentially the modern version of Dallas??) must be crooning over a collection made for those moments, when one is scheming for the latest eligible bachelor and needing to look absolutely fabulous.

Holly Fulton’s nod to what is fast becoming the tagline, “Spring Summer” came by the way of the itsy bitsy bikini and a full on Art Deco Swimsuit (love the reinvention of the swimsuit over the past few seasons.)

The Art Deco references were embellished this season with a nod to the incredible designs of Memphis, furniture design which has previously inspired the collections of Cooperative Designs. The bold ideas rooted in Art Deco found a home not only in the garments but in Fulton’s signature clutches and jewellery which adorned the models as they strode down the catwalk on spindly Christian Louboutin heels.

Illustration by Natsuki Otani

After flicking through a few reviews you obtain a sense that the fashion world is rooting for Holly to succeed, unsurprising really, considering the vibrant vision that inhabits every part of the collection.

One final word though, as covered by Amelia.. Holly relax and leave out the python next time!


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