Mark Fast returns to London Fashion Week following his successful show in New York for his diffusion line Faster by Mark Fast. Somerset House was home to the newest Spring Summer collection by the Candian born designer, who stayed true to his classic knitwear and crocheted pieces.
Inspiration derived from desert mirages and tropic exoticism with the colour palette used throughout the pieces resembling the hues found in the desert landscape. The result, an opening set of knitwear pieces in a light sandy beige, which soon paved way for a sharp shock of canary yellow, and warm oranges, along with jet black evening pieces.
The collection used long tassle details to add a fluidity as the models paced the catwalk in an array of floor length crocheted dresses and cropped bustiers. Cute layered baby doll dresses and above the knee pencil skirts with a frill detail broke up the collection. Straying away from knitwear, Mark used printed neoprene to create chic shift dresses and cropped jackets in a bold crimson and blood orange colour.
The closing pieces featured shimmering petals sown into the knits, creating new volumes and textures to the pieces, especially on the final dress, a knitted bodice with an oversized skirt complete with wonderful glistening flowers.
Accessories also stood out throughout the show, with many tribal-esque necklaces and bangles used to complete many looks. Shoes came courtesy of long time Mark Fast collaborator Christian Louboutin, including a lust worthy stark pair of studded electric pink heels. Sunglasses came from Fast’s collaboration with Linda Farrow.
The collection is typically Mark and remains true to his design techniques and aesthetic in a bright and bold collection, that will make summer 2012 a tropical heat wave, no matter how British our next summer may be.
Words by David Mahoney, Online Editor
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