Mark Fast Runway: Spring/Summer 2010 - London Fashion Week
I think it's safe to say that Topshop is amongst one of the world's most influential high street stores. Usually first to offer uber chic variations of runway looks at break-neck speed, the international high-street store has just announced that it is set to collaborate with none other than fashion's golden boy of the moment, Mark Fast, who fearlessly sent plus sized models down the runway during LFW last week.
The partnership looks set to be a match made in heaven as Fast has shown that he can produce the most elegant and feminine yet edgy pieces as seen in his Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Having just been sponsored by Topshop to put on his LFW through NEWGEN, it was quite clear that their partnership would be a long lasting one. At present the whole operation is entirely top secret but if his last collection is anything to go by, expect Mark's collection for Topshop to sell out Fast!
Last night, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS research, held thier amfAR Milano event that ran alongside Milan Fashion Week. The foundation, who have held their events everywhere from New York to Venice, opted for Milan this time around due to the Italian fashion communities continual support of their work.
The fashion industry definitely came out to support yesterday evening with everyone from Linda Evangelista and Chanel Iman to Donatella Versace and Dean and Dan Caten from Dsquared2.
This year marked two decades in business for TSE, the luxury knitwear label founded by Augustine Tse to take cashmere into the spotlight. Formerly designed by Narciso Rodriguez, TSE (prounounced "say") now has Jessica Groom at the helm. We like her ability to make classic pieces feel fresh, and apparently, so do buyers at Saks and Bergdorf.
This week, Groom tells us about pushing through deadlines, finding unexpected inspiration and avoiding fashion-industry haters. Good advice, all, and even better coming from someone who appreciates one of The Fash Pack's favourite fashionistas: the iconic Miss Cate Blanchett.
Debuting the first ever women's collection for brand Trussardi 1911, designer Milan Vuknirovic took inspiration from his girlfriends that had been buying pieces from the men's collection, and mixing them into their wardrobe. The result saw a very wearable collection, with pieces that would easily mix and match - black Aztec print leggings, a crinkled leather jacket with decorated shoulder pads, and patchwork denim dresses and jeans.
Designer Rosella Jardini won't be brought down by today's tough times. She's up for peace - and showed it by shaping the gold back straps of a model's LBD into a peace sign. She think's life's a bowl of cherries - and thinks they're best shown off on the top half of a babydoll dress. And she's up for playing around - most specifically, by mixing and matching patterns in the most upbeat fashion we've seen on the runway this season.
The Spring '10 Moschino collection showed off the brand's signature tromp l'oeil details. A simple black dress featured white stitching that emulated a trench coat, for example. But our favourite sunny pieces were the Bermuda-Barbie mini dresses that made us want to be young again. Oh, wait. We are still young, so let's forget about the whole mess and go have some fun.
Funny how cheery your palette becomes when you get a new summer home in Sicily. Such was the situation for Maurizio Pecoraro, who introduced a predominantly pastel collection - with a few florals, sequin appliques and shimmery hotpants - this Milan Fashion Week.
Swedish ceramic artist Stig Lindberg was Pecoraro's inspiration for draped-cotton dresses in soft lilac, sunshine yellow and pale blue. Added to the runway lineup were un-fussy Bermuda shorts, relaxed tees and easy-to-throw-on cardigans. Even the platform shoes models wore were unobtrusive, in colours of camel and chocolate brown.
The glitziest things on the catwalk were appliqued goddess dresses and a few teensy sequin party dresses. And sure, there was the combination of a sheer, dove-grey top and high-waisted, bedazzled briefs. Hey, just because you had a relaxing summer doesn't mean you're ready to get boring.