19 September 2009

LFW show report: Mark Fast

Stretchy, knitty, stretchy, mini…after just two seasons, you kind of know what you’re going to get with New Gen designer Mark Fast: intricately-crocheted mini dresses that hug the curves and flash a bit of flesh for the photographers. The colour palette may change – this season, lilac, cornflower blue, fuschia, and now he is adding beaded over-layers like a fringy kind of necklace, but essentially the shapes are the same and only a Fast devotee could really tell one season from the next. Never mind, because some are very beautiful, lacy and delicate, almost Alaia-like body-con dresses, but others are both heavy and bulky – like the dresses with knitted, pleated skirts that were also covered in tiny fans.

So the most strikingly different shapes on his catwalk this season were under the clothes. Three of the models on Fast’s runway were plus size models. Fast is part of a new initiative, All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, to “expand upon the imagery coming out of the heart of London Fashion Week”, by promoting the use of a more diverse range of models on the runway; from different races, sizes and age groups. An admirable sentiment, but Fast could maybe do with “expanding upon the imagery coming out of the heart of” his design studio.


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