Who knew metallic knits would go so well with pink eyes?! Craig Lawrence proved that it did when he presented his collection at the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event this Friday. To huge disappointment my poor little blackberry camera couldn’t snap up all the glory and I was left with some very blurry results, so instead I have used some of the V&A’s facebook pictures of the stunning collection.
Lawrence brought a huge variety of shapes to this show and experimented with textures and a surprising colour palette which dabbled in fushas, mints, navys and metallics. It couldn’t be a Craig Lawrence show without a celebration of knits and it did not disappoint. The predictable concepts were presented as unpredictable and lively outcomes as the catwalk unveiled show piece after show piece in the first half of the collection.
With a knitted collection I think we can all admit that there is the chance that it could look a bit school-student-textiles-experiement-gone-wrong but as I bit my lip with anticipation I was happily relieved that Lawrence had got it right yet again. This pink pompom knitted dress (above) was full of fun and style and my personal favourite! Many fashion enthusiasts may look at a piece like this and completely not get it. Comments on the V&A’s facebook page read: ‘Looks like someone has multiple tonsils covered in marshmallow. Yuck.’ and ‘Im sorry…it looks like he has been to the local country vets and collected the testicles that had been removed from the local bulls and put them on a piece of fabric!’ (4 likes). As we are all entitled to our own opinions I will keep my thoughts on those comment to myself however I feel its such a shame that some people can’t see past the dramatic design and instead embrace the technicalities of a piece like this one. Craig Lawrence isn’t expecting everyone to be wearing huge pompom knitted dresses down the street next season but is celebrating great craftsmanship and individuality to produce knitted designs like this.
To those who still didn’t quite get it, the wearable pieces started settling the crowd with cutout leggings, knitted metallic a-line mini dresses and hooded cardigans. I particularly liked the use of thigh high socks which were worn under sheer knitted skirts and dresses which gave sexinesses along with the elegance. A surprising vale made an appearance to add to the impact of shape to one piece, and a small round dangly handbag accessorised another.
I also adored the hair and makeup which was produced by Loreal and Mac makeup. The hair has been braided up and pined to the back of the head with wispy bits falling out. The pink smokey eyes wasn’t the obvious choice to go with the whole look but was a cleaver one which I loved. To top it all off, Christian Louboutin were the shoe sponsors and the flashes of red soles brought even more excitement to the evening!
As we applauded the finale, Kreayshawn’s ‘Gucci Gucci’ track played. A great end to an elegant collection!