Tuesday, February 21, 2012
HOUSE OF EVOLUTION SHOW & AFTERPARTY
It has been a crazy whirlwind of shows, interviews, and after parties but somehow I am keeping my head above water. House of Evolution is a fashion showcase that chooses three emerging designers each season to show at London Fashion Week. This time they chose art enthusiast and former gallery owner Lada Komarova for Delada, Zeynep Tosun, winner of the Best Upcoming Designer award at the Elle Style Awards, and red carpet dress designer Nadine Merabi.
I was a little disappointed with the Delada collection. A series of drab black and white looks seemed to be one-dimensional with little variety save for one knee-length taupe leather coat with laser cut hem and collar. Zeynep Tosun had a futuristic vibe with models resembling aliens with pale faces, white eyebrows, high buns and long strands of hair in the back and sides. There was good use of layering and interesting prints with some looks accompanied by oversized backpacks with rope handles. Finally romance was in the air at the Nadine Merabi show. Her collection of mostly evening dresses contained soft fabrics, muted neutral tones and crystal and feather embellishments. The finale dress with its striking feather headpiece was reminiscent of a beautiful white swan.
After the show I headed over to the after party at Cirque du Soir which was an experience to say the least. The circus theme came through from the funhouse mirrors, to the arcade games, to the cotton candy. And then there were the performers. A bird lady piercing her skin with feathers, a tattoo covered woman stapling pink bows on her flesh, a man in a pink kimono robe, his head adorned with a wild, sparkling creation. These were just some of the sights I saw. Better than any freak show in town, guests partied all night to tunes by Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Rihanna.
Runway photos courtesy of Christopher Dadey