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LFW SS13: Corrie Nielsen

Fashion week tends to be an assault course of fast shows, models strutting by, everyone runs out the door once it’s finished so that they can get to the next show which started ten minutes ago. It’s non-stop, people forget to eat, drink, breathe…

That’s why the calming ambience and slow walking models at the Corrie Nielsen show was a welcome reminder to what fashion really is- an art.

Corrie used London’s Kew gardens as her inspiration. Although ‘inspiration’ is perhaps too light a word- she literally bought the botanical gardens onto the catwalk in the Somerset House courtyard, atmosphere included. The models’ ambled past us, allowing us to see the true craftsmanship that had gone into the garments. They were literally flowers walking past us. You could tell that Corrie had taken the time to study the botanical blueprints of the flowers she deconstructed in her pieces. The show ended with the show stopping dip-dye wedding dress which was Corrie’s sartorial interpretation of Darwin’s theory of evolution. And we all left feeling suitably relaxed and in awe.

What stood out most about this season’s collection was not only the extraordinary editorial pieces, but the infusion of more wearable looks such as tie-neck dresses and classic twist cut trousers.

Words – Emma Hoareau

Photos – Kaye Ford

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