Saturday, 19 February 2011

LFW: Christopher Beales AW11

If you blinked for a minute and took one step in the wrong direction at Christopher Beales last night, you would have had your eye out. Silver mesh mannequins were half decapitated and lined up down the centre of the Rag Factory just off Brick Lane. Crowds gathered to see the master tailor's latest collection 'When The Crystal Crack'd'.
The 16 looks displayed weaved themselves in and out of the colour spectrum, from dusty rose pinks, to light aquas, pale bronze, pewter and a selection of black cashmeres. All of the garments had something in the way of a unique style of tailoring, probably due to Beales abundance of design experience at some of the most prestigious fashion houses; Matthew Williamson, Biba, Michiko Koshino and most recently McQueen.
Garments were beautifully cut from silks, with other components of metal, angora, mohair, wool crepe and cashmere thrown into the mix.


 Textures were everywhere in the form of sleek silk, crisp leather, fluffy feathers and rigid tulle. The above picture was the one dress that seemed to be the 'Pièce de résistance' of the show. An evening gown with straps, layers and draping as a distraction from any regularity. 

Christopher Beales is definitely one to watch, you can see elements from his previous mentors all over this collection. I'm hoping for a more personal collection with a rigid theme and colour scheme next season.

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