Monday, 23 February 2009

Catwalk review: William Tempest

All eyes were on Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Monday night as Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner William Tempest's collection debuted in front of the assembled international press and throng of celebrities. Among the famous faces on the front row were Emma Watson, Jasmine Guinness, Hilary Alexander, Colin McDowell and Frances Corner, the Dean of LCF, from which Tempest is an alumni. The atmosphere was electric.

For Autumn/Winter 2009 Tempest took inspiration from the courts of Tudor England, taking historical costume details such as exaggerated collars, shoulders and hips, and making them utterly modern with razor-sharp tailoring and the use of hyper-real digital photographic prints of photos taken at Hampton Court Palace presented on georgette silks, Duchess satins and silk moires.

The level of skill in the construction of the corsetted dresses and tailored jackets, and the sculptural detailing belies the designer's years. Tempest strikes the perfect balance between wearability and creativity. Watch out fashion: a storm is coming. 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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