Julien Macdonald is BACK! The cheeky boy from the valleys is once again on the London fashion week schedule after a two season hiatus – and while we adore the ultra-cool trend-making abilities of our style capital’s finest designers, Julien’s unashamed glitz and glamour always brings a different slant on Brit fashion.
Judging the growing bespoke clientele he’s been nurturing at his atelier since the last show, and by the look of this season's front row, his fan club shows no sign of switching up into something so serious as minimalism. Not a chance! The whole of the Saturdays were sat in a line on the front row next to pop darling Pixie Lott - now if you cast your mind back to the 90s he was the first to have all of the Spice Girls on the FROW.
“Nothing takes away the essence and impact of a fashion show,” Julien told us during a pre-show visit at his West London studio. “When you decide that you want to become a fashion designer that’s it – a show is part of that dream and you aspire to it.”
Today’s show cemented him as this country’s king of that full-on evening bling, with a show themed around his favourite holiday destination – Las Vegas, baby! “It’s called Viva Las Vegas,” Julien explained, “You sit around the pool all day. You drink, you gamble, you dress up in the night, you go to a show. It’s about celebrating being a woman, a totally glamorous and decadent woman - and not giving a s**t.” Quite right too.
So what did the Britain’s Next Top Model judge present for these carefree ladies? You guessed it – glamour puss gowns, skin-tight catsuits and the flirtiest of mini dresses, all in the most luxurious hand embellished or intricately knitted fabrics. His existing fans like Kristen Stewart could easily wear the gowns, Beyonce would look at home in a catsuit, and his favourite lady of them all, Kylie, would be the perfect fit for the teeniest of frocks.
“You know what, I’ve never really been an amazing kind of designer that would sit down and want to draw trousers and skirts and blouses, I find it a bit boring.” Julien confessed, “I thought why do I need to do that? Thousands of designers are doing that already. I’m going to concentrate on what I’m best at and what my customers want to wear. And I always say to fashion editors, if you don’t like my clothes, don’t come to my show. I don’t take it that seriously!” Fun fashion made for dreaming? We say that’s welcome any day.