Following the David Koma and Holly Fulton back-to-back show, Mark Fast was to showcase his SS11 collection in his first solo runway show. Having taken position on the steps next to the stage, and with someone taking a rather uncomfortable pew on my feet, I was avid to catch the first glimpse of the designers creations and to see whether Fast had managed to move on his signature knits for the upcoming seasons.
For his SS11 collection, Mark Fast took his inspiration from nature and the notions of disintegration and restoration. Affected by the Icelandic volcanic eruption and oil slick earlier this year, Fast interpreted this into an aesthetic mixing the "danger of an alligator with the fragility of the butterfly" that slowly introduced injections of vibrant carnival colours that faded to pure white, representing the fragile state of our world.
Working with his signature lattice knits sculpted to the natural shape of the body, we saw longer lengths and a mass of fringing and tassels that mimicked the fluidity of water. 70's styled jumpsuits and high-waisted trousers added to the designers dress stable, and those not fringed with acid-dipped neon shades were panelled with plastic and sheer chiffon, keeping little to the imagination for the onlooker. Experimenting with new textures, some pieces were adorned in loosely sown stud Swarovski crystals that resembled reptilian scales and jingled softly as the models strode down the runway. To top the whole ensemble, models wore Christian Louboutin platforms that simply oozed with 70's glamour in block fluorescent shades and alligator skin heels.
As the last model walked back down the runway and the lights dimed, we all waited in anticipation for the whole collection to be walked out once more. Though something was askew as the lights went up to show the runway in brilliant white and the music softened creating an almost surreal atmosphere. With such elegance and Utopian glory, out came Fast's key piece. With an almost bridal quality, the full-length maxi had a full skirt of delicate tassels that created such a mesmerising movement as the model glided towards the mound of photographers. The light followed her down until she stood, hands on hips, in a solid stance drenched in the purity of the spotlight. A symbol of restoration and purity, this truly was a stunning end.
On the first row and right opposite sat the Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld. Clearly in support of this seasons leopard print, Carine watched on intently and applauded Mark Fast (below) as he came out to credit his SS11 collection.
As homage to the great Mark Fast, everyone seemed to be wearing his signature tights that were the generous freebie from his SS10 show. Since they became so sought after, he introducing them into the seasons collections and they are now being sold for £70! Bonus, but I have yet to brave wearing mine!
Some even strode out in the bolder Fast creations. This dress is sold in Browns for a pricey £540.
Spotted modelling in the show, Amber Le Bon, daughter of Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon. Snapped this sneaky pic' as she exited from backstage after the show.
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