Needless to say I was quite daunted by the prospect of my first peek into the inner workings of London Fashion week.
“What if I’m mocked mercilessly by beautiful, pint-sized fashionistas? What if they throw their countless skinny lattes over me, whilst beating me with luxuriously soft leather Marc Jacobs bags, heavy with iPhones and Swarovski crystals, (or whatever it is in those huge bags) whilst cursing my choice of shoes?”
But thankfully this did not happen. Instead I was ushered into a beautiful room and presented underneath the wonderful painted ceilings were some rather lovely items of clothing. Lovingly made up mannequins dotted around the room show cased the latest designs by Á La Disposition. The collection was a beautiful mixture of Victoriana and origami, with my absolute favourite item chucked in for good measure. The Top Hat. The collection was solemn, with greys and faded lavender, but also had a sense of fun, enter the towering top hats. Each piece could easily be a costume for Helena Bonham Carter in a Tim Burton film.
To explain in properly you have to follow me for a minute in imagining such a scenario, and let’s see if I can paint a picture of the fashion feast my eyes beheld…
So… Charles Dickens bi-centenary fell upon us and to celebrate the occasion Mr. Dickens chose to arise from his leafy grave. A bit bemused by the world around him he saw a sight he felt he recognised. The title Alice in Wonderland befell his weary eyes. He wondered like the rabbit into the dark hole (he later found to be called a ‘Cinema’). He was a bit weirded out by this colourful reliving of the tale, but felt an affinity with the Mad Hatter, he particularly liked his purple top hat, so on leaving the sticky floored hall of moving images behind, he sat down and had a think.
“This world is so far from mine, what will I do to make a name for myself?”
Eureka moment struck, as a pretty, well-groomed lady swished past him. “I’ll be become a dressmaker! Lord knows I could dress this street urchin with better designs than what she appears in now.” So Mr. Dickens took the Mad Hatter as inspiration and pawned his pocket watch, purchased some fabric and forged together a collection of clothes. And the result was some beautifully crafted garments, which comprised of modern fabrics and patterns, mixed with old school elegance and charm. And this is what it looked like…Have a look at Emily’s blog here! Images from onenigerianboy.com