2015 Fall Ready-to-Wear

Fashion East

Fashion East RTW Fall 2015

Caitlin Price for Fashion East RTW Fall 2015

Fashion East RTW Fall 2015

This season’s crop of Fashion East designers channeled the rebellious, experimental spirit that’s long been London fashion’s calling card.

This season’s crop of Fashion East designers channeled the rebellious, experimental spirit that’s long been London fashion’s calling card.

 

Caitlin Price’s collection was the most appealing — a slick lineup of streetwear in luxe fabrics, blending “elements of mid- 19th-century dress with mid-Noughties casual wear,” he show notes said. Consider a fuchsia tracksuit done in shiny duchesse satin appliquéd with rosettes, or a pair of low-rise navy track pants stitched with floor-sweeping, satin panniers at the hips and paired with a satin bustier top. Price’s tableau of youthful models, their hair done in kiss-curls, their fingers busy texting on mobile phones, balanced the haute elements with a London edge.

 

Ed Marler’s cast of real-people models hammed it up on the runway, wearing the designer’s deliberately bad-taste looks that took their cues from British television characters, cockneys, and even “The Chinese Girl” painting, a fixture of many a suburban sitting room in the Fifties and Sixties. Among the designer’s costume-y creations were silk track pants with corset-like stitches up the thigh, louche-looking, polka dot silk dressing gowns, and a long shearling coat tailored into an hourglass shape.

 

Mary Benson’s static presentation also had a high-octane, theatrical feel, with iridescent colors and skinny silhouettes that nodded to Seventies glam rock. Benson’s designs included tailored, kick flare pants speckled with a pattern of metallic diamonds and coins. There were also figure-hugging asymmetric dresses and baby doll halter dresses, one printed with Benson’s dark take on Disney’s Bambi character.

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