Sunday, 21 February 2010
FASHION - Jacob Kimmie AW10
Jacob Kimmie was brought up in South Africa and is self-taught which I always find amazing for a designer. He presented his new collection ‘Pilgrim’ for Autumn/Winter 2010 at Vauxhall Fashion Scout yesterday and I was there to take it all in.
I have to admit, what I loved most about the show was the delicate leather in a cutwork style that had been created in a collaboration with Ginta Siceva. Her website is also worth a look actually and features everything from leather necklaces, gloves, baby accessories and fab bags too.
But back to Jacob's collection... fabrics included wool serge, wool crepe, leather, tulle and feathers in a monochromatic palette of black, white and cream which certainly made a dramatic statement. The crude, super-chunky knits were memorable and I'm sure they seemed even more appealing due to the freezing February weather.
You can definitely see the influence of religious rituals and spirituality. The shroud-like dresses were a bit too much for me but they did move beautifully as the models walked and created a striking silhouette. It seemed totally fitting that it was shown in Freemasons Hall too with the iconography of the building and dramatic design. I'm a big fan of draping and pleating of fabrics so it was nice to see some of that in the collection - and styled with white tights again, the fashion mags keep talking about them.
before the show started I had been tweeting about my surprise at the number of people who brought their children and even babies along with them to fashion week. It made me laugh that the final look in Kimmie's show was a bridal gown along with baby harness... and yes, the model was carrying a baby in it. Not only were babies present at fashion week, they were actually becoming part of the show! It certainly drew a few gasps, then 'aaahs' from the spectators.
The lovely Jacob was there as we left. So I grabbed a quick snap for the blog...