The first of the finalists in this year’s Fashion Fringe, was Fyodor Golan, a design duo who’d clearly put a lot of man hours into their eveningwear creations – intricately panelled body con dresses embellished with all manner of flora and fauna – appliqued flowers, insect wings and what looked, on one striking yellow gown, like a squillion dots of silk pollen. Wow!
The second designer to present her creations was Heidi Leung. Unfortunately, Heidi had fallen into the student fashion designer trap of styling her outfits with absolutely hideous flip-flop /sponge /ornamental flowers from a Chinese bazaar hybrids, which squelched along the runway so thunderously that the clothes themselves – a sort of patchwork of knitted pieces were totally overshadowed. Oh dear.
Last up was Nabil Nayal, whose pieces managed to be imposingly theatrical without using a single colour, as they were all rendered in various shades of grey, from dark charcoal to wispy elephant’s breath. We thought the finish of his garments was perhaps the most professional of any of the three, and he was rumoured to be Colin McDowell’s favourite this year. However, judges Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer were also on the panel and maybe they decided that Nayal was a little too far on the costume design, rather than fashion design side, because they gave the prize away to Fyodor Golan, the two boys who’d shown first.
Well done indeed!
- Naomi Attwood