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LFW AW12… Corrie Nielson

The Show: Corrie Nielson 11am
Bumped into: Fashionista Barbie, Prince Cassius, Diary of a Clothes Horse, Frumpy to Funky, Coco’s Tea Party, Style and Then Some
Today BB wears: Silver pleated maxi skirt, grey marl tee, cream cable knit jumper, Levi’s vintage denim jacket, French Sole pumps, some pearls and a bit of bling…

Corrie Nielson was my first show of Fashion Week and it also happened to be the first time I’d seen a Corrie Nielson show so I was excited. As a previous fashion fringe winner I was expecting good things, also for the fact that the invite had a distinct Scottish feel to it and Corrie had already been quoted as saying the collections main inspiration was her Great Great Great Grandfather John S. Burns who was Scottish…

As the show began the sound of bagpipes played and I got the first wave of fashion week buzz… what a great start already. The collection didn’t disappoint either – traditional tartan, checks and bustles were teamed with an altogether modern take on tailoring with clean lines, fitted skirts and peplums.

Known for her overly sculptural designs, I got the impression this collection was rather toned down compared to her previous offerings but to me still had a very ‘ Edwardian costume’ feel to it. While many of the pieces seperately would be extremely wearable, the show had the right amount of drama and pazazz to ensure it wasn’t boring.

The traditional red tartans were prominent, although black and white checks came through too, all mixed with black mesh details and crisp white shirts.

The models wore their hair high, in identical netted buns, and had patriotic tartan designs adorning their faces. One of the highlights of the show was the dramatic headwear which featured on some of the more flamboyant looks. Some soft and sculptural, not too far removed from the hats Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie wore to the Royal Wedding, some harsh and angular, reminiding me of the crow like designs from Pam Hogg’s show two seasons ago!

As the looks came out, each one got distinctly more Scottish (not a bad thing at all) and even kilts and long brogue socks featured in one or two looks. For me, many of the pieces reminded me of Alexander McQueen’s designs in his hey day when the likes of SJP wore his tartan creations. That mixed with a little of the Vivienne Westwood trademark of bundles of tulle and structured shapes. Some of the pieces wouldn’t have looked out of place at a V&A exhibition celebrating Victorian dress but as a patriotic Scottish girl who loves a good costume drama, it was all right up my street!

My favourite pieces were the final two looks. One a black and white check creation, layers of tulle creating a huge skirt, along with a very structural white top half softened only by the organza ruffles at the neck. The other, in a white vs black/ good vs evil fairytale like contrast was a dark gothic like costume (I’m not sure I can call it a dress) featuring an engulfing ruffled cape and austere head piece!

Dramatic, patriotic and full of grandeur… Thanks Corrie Nielson for starting off my fashion week with a bang (or a bagpipe horn)


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