For the full article & more LFW A/W 2012 coverage, please go to Lionheart Magazine.
Illustration by Emma Block
Words by Helen Martin. Photography by Akeela Bhattay.
I think there is something about a show on Sunday, it’s like a tea party in the labyrinth. Delicious, but there is a small sense of the world being twisted slightly, fantasy becoming real and home’s door, submerged in the forest. I’ve always thought Sunday is a strange and beautiful day. I feel more adventurous and reckless on this day. It’s when sun hit skin from a weekend of frolics, tingles with warmth, feasts are prepared and you feel lost in the thoughts and tree houses of the days just gone, a little instant nostalgia. Not that I’d been hanging about in the elusive sunshine of Great Britain of course, this was London Fashion Week and errr, it was February. I was rushing around the big city, with thoughts of healthy herbal teas and cous cous salads, replaced with extra strength coffees and intricate cakes. But Sunday seems to allow for a more relaxed falling into a designer’s vision, like following the white rabbit.
Incidentally, bright blue skies greeted the morning of Jeff Garner’s, Prophetik show and Forward PR were upbeat as they seated Jeff’s audience. It was with a hop, skip and a jump with which I took my seat, I was very excited at the prospect of a new Prophetik show. He is not only one of the star interviewees in issue one of Lionheart Magazine, but he is also perhaps one of my perfect designers. I am an enormous, grand scale romantic, as well as lover of history, fairy tales, longing/melancholy, poetry and knights on white horses – of course. Thus, Prophetik makes my heart flutter and my desire to get married on a ranch, reach new levels. I had no doubt I would find inspiration for my imaginary wedding in this A/W show, Courtly Love.
Before the show started we were shown a video by the Lawrence Anthony Foundation, sponsors of the show. They are an organisation supporting conservation, education and wildlife rehabilitation. Their aim in 2012 is to stop the ongoing poaching of rhinos, currently threatening the survival of the species. Please click here for more information. After the video, there was silence for some time as the images of mutilated rhinos and the plight of the Lawrence Anthony Foundation reverberated.
Lights down: A violinist stepped out and treated us to vibrant playing. The mood for the show was set; dramatic, wild and yet constrained, a free spirit, dripping in old pearls. She continued to play as the models started to walk out. The first dress is a strapless, full length, cream silk, with a lace overlay that flowed like a little storm from behind. Seeing the model walk away made me think of a Princess abandoning her required protocol, the real treat lay in seeing her beautiful departure.
The dresses continued in their elegance: lace, pearls, creams, pinks – striking, strong and naturally dramatic. Sleeves were puffed and billowing, waists defined and necklines: halter neck, swooping or buttoned up, often adorned in chokers, layered multi jewelled necklaces or resolutely bare.