#LFW Day1: Prophetik
WHERE: Vauxhall Fashion Scout at Freemasons’ Hall
FRONT ROW: Hilary Alexander in a huge black-feathered ruff, celebrity stylist Joél Dash , Amelia Gregory, founder of Amelia’s Magazine and Livia Firth, ethical fashion devotee and wife of a certain Colin.
WHAT: Music came courtesy of a songstress wailing operatically, a roving violinist and accompaniment from the London Tafahum Orchestra – all before a model had even stepped foot on the catwalk.
For his ‘Artist Wonderment’ collection, Prophetik’s Jeff Garner was inspired by the frivolous court of Louis XV, which meant tight bodices and sweeping skirts aplenty; sexed up even more with the occasional bare midriff. One emerald green strapless gown, when paired with a sweeping purple silk cape, was something of dressing-up box dreams.
But where did Garner’s typically ethical element come in? Words like ‘upcycled’ and ‘reclaimed’ were peppered throughout the show notes. In practice, this meant he had raided the family linen cupboard and fashioned Grandma Garner’s 150 year-old quilt into a corset (let’s just hope he asked her first). In small doses the quilting was cute, but a full-on pink and blue patchwork coat for men? A touch too far, we felt.
Regardless, we swooned as a whole host of other male models clad in frock-coats and tailcoats followed. A red number with gold piping was pure Disney Prince and the finale dress, a white silk organza gown hand-strewn with naturally-shed ostrich feathers was fit for his Princess Bride. Don’t you just love a happy ending?
HIGHLIGHT: Being transported back to a time of courtly love and fabulously dramatic frocks. As Livia Firth put it on Twitter, Garner has a ‘vision of the world so classically romantic.’ Sigh.
Words: Katie Wright
Photography: Masha Mel
Featured image courtesy of Ecosalon.com