LFW show report: Nathan Jenden

23 September 2009

Set in the The Gladstone Library at The Royal Horseguards, Nathan Jenden had already ticked one of the major requirements for creating a memorable show. Next box ticked is being another designer this week to opt for a supposedly controversial model choice – of all black and Asian girls, meaning he bagged the likes of Chanel Iman, who’s fiercely fabulous walk is enough to make you want to buy anything she wears.

When Nathan Jenden does Autumn/Winter you can bet your woolly tights that he’ll take a very dark and sombre overtone, but his SS09 collection last time round saw an unexpected shift in direction – with Nathan casting his fashion net over a whole rainbow of tropical shades in 80s inspired shapes. A year on and it looks like he’s not done with colour quite yet…

Being the Creative Director of Diane Von Furstenberg as well as designing his own line you can imagine that Nathan would be partial to a dress or two – so he used eye-wateringly vivid multicolour swirling prints in the form of prom dresses (great for a centre-of-attention number) and drapey tulle minis. But his inspiration, drawn from Thai boxing, meant that fluid trousers and cropped jackets were also key for him. Everything had a touch of the glam ghetto about it – from the music to the blingy sunglasses and in-yer-face colours, where pieces verged on sickly and tacky but were reigned in by Nathan’s pattern cutting. The highlight? A silky black suit with a perfect fit blazer looked striking styled with a bright jade green and pink embellished silky top – and the super sweet finale of girls dancing and whooping all the way up and down the catwalk!

- Hannah Almassi


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