Friday, 20 February 2009

Catwalk review: Julia Smith

Kicking off fashion week at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was Julia Smith's "Mrs White'" AW09 show, a diverse collection of masculine tailoring and elegant feminine dresses, all crafted from natural and sustainable fabrics. Luxurious hemp and silk/charmeuse was contrasted with rough hewn hemp finishes, soy and raw edged sheepskin.

Smith took inspiration from the 1920s, a period in sartorial history when clothes adapted to the changing roles of women in society. The silhouette became looser, and this was reflected in Smith's beautiful floor length digital print shifts (patterns reminiscent of those intricate spirograph images created as a child) adorned with hand painted botanical embellishments. Among the many show highlights we were particularly taken with a stunning, sweeping navy silk corset dress paired with a sailor-inspired knitted silk and button cap. The model's jaunty salute made us smile. Hannah Kane

Images: David Coleman

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To view video of the show courtesy of Toni&Guy TV click here.

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