Mark Fast’s SS12 collection found its origins in a desert island aesthetic. Pieces designed for the tropics, we were to be figuratively transported to white beaches, heady summer storms and rolling waves. How very original for a Spring Summer collection. The show began with those signature knit dresses. All very tight and all very revealing, but beautifully constructed and certainly very shipwreck-esque, and fringing added to the Hawaiian island feel. We moved systematically from nude to canary yellow to a very orange orange. Summer colours for a summer show. Inspired. The chunky jewels though were a particular favourite. Big gold hunks of metal and blocks of wood, tribal stylee, definitely enhanced the overall looks.
From the knitwear followed the mini-dresses, high-waisted skirts, cropped 80s bomber like jackets and teeny tops. Still a fiery orange, but with a more interesting print detail. The fiery hues were quickly replaced by a succession of sexy little black numbers with some rather nice ruffle, cut out and fringe detailing. Maybe not the most exciting of catwalks, but at least it was consistent. The blueprint was expertly stuck to and every single piece was strictly in keeping.
-Photographer: Robbie Peachey