17:30 Reem Alasadi, On|Off Exhibition, Science Museum
What Reem – the line which takes the same name as the designer – desrcribes of this era’s fashion trend is probably true for her collection as well. “Fucking chaotic”. But of course in a nice way. A sophisticated level and pleasant mixed style, romatism and quirkiness; a reinvented victorian cropped jacket with a pair of what I can only imagine Iraqi sandals.
The level of details; the intricasy of the craftsmanship; the fabric the collection uses rival the genuine couture houses. Although not all pieces received top notch level of tailoring, the silouette and the creativity is undoubtedly plausible. A self-taught designer and a very articulate business woman, we had a small interview with her and had permission to try on a few pieces!
Kawai: Fashion inevitably recycles idea, what is so special about the era we are in now that we haven’t seen before?
Reem: Fucked up chaos. I mean look at this! (Points to her rapey looking white top)
Kawai: Do you believe in trends?
Reem: I don’t follow trends. But no matter how trendy you are everybody inevitably gets influenced by bits of it.
Here are some of her pieces:
19:45 William Tempest, Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner.
A new talent’s show being attended by some of the most influential journalists in British Fashion: Colin McDowell and Hilary Alexander. You know this is going to be a heavy show. And this did not disappoint.
The show opened with a few futuristic shoulders that give the impression of a space invader suit.
Recurrent themes include origami hems, beautifully folded and tailored. Neat and tidy 3D shapes. And then again origami lengthy and reinforced pockets folded on the side of a knee length A-line skirt with a corset lined tube top.
The collection includes a lot of printed fabrics, purple and acidic pink, on what I imagine to be gabardine. Lovely jacket, almost the only short and officious fitted jacket in the show. William worked perfectly around this fabric and attained a symmetric V shape on a bit of tie-dye.
Gone backstage and chat to the Grandad of William Tempest (oops!) more photos later. Check out William’s full collection here.