Uber-talented designer and prop stylist Fred Butler’s Autumn Winter 2012 presentation – and despite being an accessories, not womenswear specialist, it was a salon style show slash gig (!) - filled one section of Somerset House with her very distinctive brand of sunbeams, bubbles and rainbows. As so much of her work is designed and made specifically for use in the music industry, it made sense to have a live performance for her fashion week show.
Four models paraded through, each wearing a pastel coloured knitted bodysuit by British brand EDE England showed off the day-glo rainbow accessories, from a particularly intricate origami hat to a detailed quilted gilet to the extremely wearable studded bracelets and headband. In the meantime, teenage pop princess, Charli xcx sang an agreeable indie-punk ditty that was created in collaboration with Fred herself, ahead of the show. ‘I asked [Charli] for something like Japanese pop song, something with a good bassline and a bit like carnival’ Done and done, clearly. (Download the track now at redbull.co.uk/catwalkstudio)
Backstage we were asking Fred about her inspiration for the collection itself, to which she said; ‘Well, because it’s an Autumn Winter collection I wanted everything to make you think of keeping warm and wrapping up well, the colours are inspired by sushi, like salmon pink and wasabi green, and well . . .general happiness really’ when who should shimmy in, but Shingai - the incredible singer of the Noisettes! AND she’d almost managed to outdo the models in this completely insane marabou feathered concoction.
Here is a picture of the tender moment the two kindred spirits bumped into each other!
Wow! How cool that was - it's Fred Butler’s creative collective in motion. As well as the performance and the knitwear, Fred also worked with Rosy Nicholas on shoes, Zippo on a funky lighter and pomp de franc on some sugary sushi shaped cupcakes. What an uplifting show!
By Naomi Attwood