In a year when the imminent Royal nuptials dominate the headlines and The King's Speech looks set to sweep up any award in its path at The Oscars, Corrie Nielsen’s first on-schedule collection at London Fashion Week was appropriately regal. Corrie first appeared on our radar as the winner of Fashion Fringe last season, a prize judged by John Galliano himself - with a bonkers but beautifully crafted collection befitting of the regency period and Marie Antoinette herself. This season’s inspiration came from the Elizabethan age and the ruff-necked blouses and dresses and ginormous sculptural forms would have done the Virgin Queen proud.
The first looks to walk out were immaculately tailored trouser and skirt suits, and as more and more models stepped onto the runway the ensembles featured increasingly exaggerated details, until the final looks were full-on silk taffeta monuments! This is one young designer who truly is that, a designer rather than a stylist simply putting together looks they like - aiming and often succeeding in creating new forms. Apprenticed at Vivienne Westwood, many of the garments are elaborately constructed and exquisitely finished, like the ‘ruff trousers’ or the black wool suit jacket with enormous gathered shoulders – quite different from the ‘80’s power-shoulders of Balmain, with altogether a much more historical feel. Although Corrie’s creations are extremely dramatic, she resists the temptation to over-egg the pudding with too much colour or embellishment and lets the structured forms speak for themselves. We’ve called her a one-to-watch, and we’re not taking our eyes off her yet!
- Naomi Attwood