LFW show report: Louise Goldin’s knickerbocker glory

20 September 2009

It’s not often that the thought of leather knickerbockers and slim balloon shorts goes down well in the Grazia office, but somehow Louise Goldin changed our minds this morning with her Louis XIV inspired collection. Sending a mouth-wateringly fresh series of pastel coloured creations in lavenders, pale greens, lemon yellows and powder blues down the catwalk, Goldin swapped the heavy black jersey of last season for softer chiffons, tulle and organza.

With fanning, pleating, structured shoulder pads and conical bras sewn inside meticulously draped dresses, it’s obvious that Goldin overcompensates when it comes to her technical ability, but it’s the very same impressive technical mastery that allows her to get away with it. The swishy skater skirts (already everywhere this season) and brocade print silks were a highlight, and the Swarovski studded crystal shoes were testament to the pared down embellishment which ran throughout the show.

As the final look disappeared backstage, it was obvious that Goldin has come a long way from the luxe knitwear she made her name with since graduating from Central Saint Martins. Full of wearable separates, her Spring Summer collection showcased so much that we reckon we’ll be seeing new details in her pieces for months to come.


 - Kay Barron & Katie Jackson


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