Lidija & Dejan
Greek draping and plenty of tiers (OK, and so much skin that a pasty of two was needed) got the attention of Donatella Versace at this year's Fashion Fringe show. It was a collection by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis - designing for the line Jena Theo - that ended up taking the top prize in Colin McDowell's brainchild of a competition.
But they weren't the only designers to turn heads on the runway. Serbian designers Lidija & Dejan focused on draping themselves, with silver chains used to accept both shoulderpads and necklines. Then there was Yelena Smirnova, whose smooth-flowing organza and chiffon called to reference Henry Moore, and Elliot Atkinson, whose cutouts and sheer panels certainly brought trendiness into the game. We loved his hazy floral prints, we might add.
As honorary chair of Fashion Fringe, Donatella Versace clearly had a bit of sway in the whole deal. Perhaps that's why, overall, many of the collections had an air of Versace. Will Donatella be all about pasties and chains next season? Only time will tell.