Wednesday, 22 September 2010

London Fashion Love Letters: Jasper Garvida

Hello Emmi,

Your hidden exhibition looks very cool, actually! I think it’s nice to have a breath of fresh air outside the official venues. To be honest, I’m a bit tired of walking up and down the stairs at Somerset House.

Anyway, yesterday I went to the Jasper Garvida SS11 show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. The collection he calls “Belle” is, I must say, sweet and pleasant. Garvida reinterprets and recreates the dresses seen in Degas’s ‘Ballet Dancers’ paintings coupled with elements of the beatnik movement. Human language? Well, let’s say pleated bouncy skirts, streamlined tops, and a lot of hand-embellishment accessories.

The colours and prints are also reminiscent of French Impressionism, while the materials used are fine luxuries of silk organza, brocade, jersey, voile and cloque. Scales, tribal prints and textured looped organza are so beautiful and well-made.

I have some detail shots of them for you too.

The downside of this collection is, apart from being inspired by the French, that the pieces are rather dated. Some of the scaled and printed pieces look as if straight out of Missoni. That said, the skirts and dresses are pretty and will end up being worn by discerning ladies of leisure at the Royal Ascot next year!

I’m off for the Menswear day tomorrow! So excited now ;)


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