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Sister by Sibling - Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery - are only in their third season of presenting at London Fashion Week (the menswear collections by the same designers launched in 2008) but the crowd amassed in the sunlit Portico Room upstairs in Somerset House on Saturday morning was full of fashion heavyweights. All the glossies - Suzy Menkes of the New York Times, Tim Blanks and the DJ Princess Julia - were there and the atmosphere pre-show was crackling with excitement. Here are our highlights...
1. Face furniture - the masked models wore delicate crochet lace doilies, some in white, others in sequined neon green plus huge Minnie mouse pom pom ears knitted from raffia.
2. Pom pom coat - one show-stopping piece was a white paper strip-knitted coat, with raffia, trim which made the model look like she was wearing a huge pom pom, which we would LOVE to try on!
3. Light as a feather - Spring and Summer might be challenge for some knitwear designers but the range of techniques meant the sweaters, twinsets, tennis dresses, knickers and vests looked light and fresh – with a colour palette of white, baby pink, hot pink, and punky lime green.
4. Toile de riot - The long tennis dress and several other pieces all featured a toile de jouy print – up close the print was of hand-drawn London rioters, smashing shops and setting fire to cars, which SIBLING had originally used in their men's collection.
5. 3D embellishment - Some of the most impressive outfits were a black fine knit jumper covered in 3D handstitched flowers from Hawthorne & Heaney and pink dresses covered in 'flower beads' in a lime green and pink harlequin pattern - 10,000 of them to be exact. Amazing!
Soundtrack - X Ray Spex; Oh Bondage Up Yours
FROW faces – Anyone who’s anyone in fashion – ooh, and super stylist Katie Grand.
Fascinating fact – the collection was an homage to Poly Stryrene, the punk singer who sadly died last year. Because she used to wear a lot of vintage and ‘granny clothes’ before it was every fashionable to do so, giving the design trio the idea of; ‘young-old-lady outfits – turning the world day-glo’