Julien Macdonald's Fashion Evolution
Two elements have defined Julien Macdonald’s signature style and the reasons for his success. Firstly his taste for trashy glamour – he’s long enjoyed the publicity boost from the likes of Kelly Brook and actress Joely Richardson wearing his designs on the red carpet. Secondly his flair as a technologist – particularly when it comes to knitwear. His instantly recognisable ‘cobweb’ dresses appear in some form or other in every collection. It’s a sort of individual mix between crochet and laddered loose knitting with a spiky attitude and revealing effect.
While many designers are prefixed with the words ‘red carpet’ and their designs described as sexy or revealing, Macdonald’s pieces are on occasion almost so daring as to be indecent. The stars who select Macdonald’s pieces to wear to parties and premieres do so to increase their press coverage in direct proportion to the decrease in fabric coverage!
The Welsh designer, who graduated from the Royal College of Arts in London in 1996, is not someone who likes to sit about relaxing. His other endeavours include head of knitwear at Chanel from 1996-1998 since Karl Lagerfeld was a great admirer of his graduate collection. Then in 2001 he was appointed to the top job at Givenchy, where he had 6 collections to designer per year, from haute couture down to ready to wear. Julien Macdonald is recipient of a huge number of awards including, in 2006 an OBE from the Queen for services to fashion. He has worked on many numerous collaborations and side projects, just one example of these being redesigning the BA airline uniforms for a sexy new look in 2004. He also took on the persona of bitchy TV talent show judge in a few series of Britain's Next Top Model to hilarious effect.