LFW AW10 Report - Mark Fast

21 February 2010

Mark Fast, the Canadian knitwear maestro had a lot, lot, lot to live up to, for this season. Although his body-con elastic cobweb dresses have impressed consistently since he graduated from CSM in 2008, he’s earned himself plenty of column inches in the news as well as the fashion pages by championing plus size models on the catwalk (a gamble which paid off). This season he continued this practice, with Crystal Renn, the US plus sized supermodel walking for him today, together with a mix of plus sized and smaller girls.
Still, the clothes as well as the hype need to be considered. In attempting to branch out from his trademark stretchy knitted minis, he’s turned to technology to help him broaden his repertoire. As well as plenty of his body con delights; - the nicest being the long sleeved numbers, particularly one with almost spherical shoulders, this season saw Fast move in the opposite direction.  We saw several long, knitted dresses, some with cape-like tiers, and picked out in rich oil paint tones, a copper dress so rich that it actually glimmered.
So, some tried and tested favourites then, and something new to think about. But Mark – just because you have the technology to do something, and even if no one else knows how to do it, doesn’t mean that women will necessarily want to wear the results. Take long flapping knitted robes, for example.


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