A MODEL sits patiently having her make-up applied backstage at the Emilio de la Morena show yesterday as London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013-14 got into full swing.
Among the eagerly awaited shows was that of Lulu Liu, the London-based brand founded by London College of Art graduate Lu Liu.
Models took to the runway at Freemasons Hall, wearing Lulu Liu creations – one wearing a tight fitting but demure high-necked, below the knee striking black-and-red Flamenco-style dress while another model wore a contrasting dress in black and white, equally demure but with an asymmetrical hem.
But the designer, who has been described as “the heir to the throne of intricate fashion” with an “untainted essence of luxury and perfection” – her designs include show-stopping opulent hand-sewn fur capes – has admitted that the economic recession is a factor that cannot be ignored in the fashion world.
“It is so difficult. Especially for new designers… I think I just have to go through it. I just have to carry on making new collections and see if the buyers recognise me and realise that I’m actually serious in what I’m doing.” As celebrities and buyers flocked to the star-studded A-list shows including Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum, the week has included its fair share of fun and startling clothing.
Scottish designer Lousie Gray used old toilet rolls to make bracelets and rings for her models, while earrings were made from flattened custard tart tins.
Fellow Scots designer Pam Hogg took the minimalist approach sending her models down the catwalk naked, bar a cape. A more homespun approach was taken by Sister by Sibling, made up of Cozette McCreedy, Joe Bates and Sid Bryan, who dressed their models in super-sized knitted body stockings, creations which bore a similarity to Wallace and Gromit’s Shawn the Sheep.
A bit of glamour was provided by the vintage lingerie line of Its Bitsy Vintage, with barely-there garments by designers Oonagh and Tracy.
They began their business began after hosting underwear swapping parties.