Scream if you wanna go faster, baby! Geri Halliwell lyrics aside, we're do-a-little-dance-around excited today for the launch of ‘Faster’ - the genius new extension of Mark Fast’s main line collection – where you can pick up a piece of Fast’s signature cobweb knits in simpler daywear shapes, all rendered in easy-to-wear black. Tube skirts, tights (as seen on every pair of fashion girl’s legs last LFW – it’s what initially prompted Mark to create the range) crop tops, bodysuits and a selection of underpinnings too. All perfect fashwan fodder for layering up stylishly in this cold weather and then stripping off come summertime. AND you haven’t even heard the best part yet…
Rather than being handcrafted and finished in Mark’s London atelier, these pieces are produced faster – geddit? and at a lower price point by employing a state of the art knitwear atelier in Italy to produce his designs instead. Think of the result as an uber flattering dance-inspired collection of body-sucking-thick-denier fabric creations, meaning flaunting some booty in these isn’t as scary as you first think. In fact, it’s rather sexy. And after witnessing the Faster shoot in action – in a dance studio in the north London – with beauty Anouk Lepere and the curvy and gorgeous model Hayley Morley (who caused a fashion hullabaloo last fashion week by modelling in Fast’s SS10 show – and fingers crossed she’ll be strutting it again next week, Mark admitted it’s an innate part of “his design thing”) it made us realise that skin tight body-con ain’t just for the size zeros of the world. If anything, a little curve and a bit of confidence goes a long way.
Since the show, Hayley’s workload has increased by about ten times and she’s inundated with job offers, jetting off all over the world (last week was the Seychelles) whilst trying to complete her uni studies and she’s received hundreds of online messages from fans, “People say ‘thank you so much’ and I’m not totally sure how they know it’s me or exactly how I’ve helped, but it’s so supportive and I didn’t think this would happen - I thought it was just another modelling job!” As Hayley and Anouk huddled on the studio’s dance floor against a wall of mirrors and giggled away, they both admitted that the bodysuits are their top pick from the collection, so we recommend moving Fast, before the fash pack get their mitts on Mark’s knits.
Exclusive to Browns Focus, 0207 514 0063 www.brownsfashion.com. You can view the collection online at http://www.fasterbymarkfast.net/ Prices start at £70 for tights.
Oh and P.S - next up on Mark’s list is to create a film… we couldn’t be more excitable today if we tried.
By Hannah Almassi, Junior Fashion News Editor.