Graeme Black takes natural inspiration

21 February 2009

Graeme Black A/W09
‘A wrong turn in the British Natural History museum took me to a story of minerals and revealed an incredible spectacular array of rocks. Rounded and rough on the outside yet spectacularly polished, faceted and coloured within.' This was how Graeme Black introduced his A/W '09 collection. The result was a speculator show of exquisite, luxurious pieces which an audience of London Fashion A-list watched at Spencer House this morning. Rounded cocoon coats, in sculptured wool and embroidered organza were zipped off to reveal sparkling crystal linings and sky-high curvy dresses. The appearance of each new look had the audience craning their necks for the surprise that was hidden underneath: a crushed organza layer, a feather collar or a full frilled blouse. It was a lesson in grown-up luxury that gives London Fashion Week truly international fashion status. As Graeme said, it was ‘about glamour, luxury and revealing something beautiful. It was the most difficult collection I have ever done, concentrated in only 23 pieces, but each one has to inspire the buyers and customers in days like these.' It was a gem of a collection! Check back soon for our favourite looks…

- Paula Reed



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