Catwalk

Fashion East

At the petri dish of talent that is Fashion East its high priestess, Lulu Kennedy, sat on the front row resplendent in a neon yellow two piece by a former member of her fashion family, Simone Rocha. Kennedy has a seriously impressive record when it comes to plucking fledgling designers at their humble beginnings and giving them a high profile platform off which to launch their careers. This is where it all began for Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Meadham Kirchhoff after all. So how do the current crop measure up?

Ashley Williams was the highlight of the trio. The recent graduate is well connected; Pixie Geldof and Nick Grimshaw whooped their support for their friend from the front row, and her pieces have already been added to the stage wardrobes of Rihanna's and Rita Ora. She riffed on the 1960s Americana obsession that also inspired her graduate collection, with shifts and trousers papered with Elvis Presley's face, silk shirt dresses printed with lipsticks and jackets covered in sew-on badges. Teddy bear clutches added fun to proceedings, while tailored two-pieces proved that cut is as key as theme for Williams. Definitely one to watch.

Ryan LO slightly reined in his love of pink, although there were still plenty of bubblegum and My Little Pony shades to choose from amongst the riot of textures and glitter and colour. Inspired by sad singletons, his Park Avenue princess on acid vibe transated into everything from oversized fluffy coats to pastel tailoring mixed with metallic capes and sheer, glitzy blouses. His accessories were great - striped Perspex clutches and a fluffy-handled Perspex cat caught our eye.

Claire Barrow is best known for the much-coveted hand painted and illustrated leather jackets that have been much in demand amongst the fashion crowd, but aside for one textured, oversized leather coat, there were none of her signature pieces in her autumn collection. Istead illlustrations of everyday objects were etched into velvet, scrawled over a long leather skirt and blouse and embroidered onto knitted pieces.

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