Doing a little bit of background research and seeing Craig Lawrence has dressed the some of the sartorially sassiest ladies of pop; queen of quirk Lady GaGa and princess of spandex Jessie J, I was set up to expect something equally as impressive as his preceded collections.
Craig Lawrence opened in the Portico Rooms at Somerset House with the magical sounds of a jewellery box springing into action, gradually introducing the ring of a tambourine and Jamaican drums, which sprung the first model onto the runway.
Models cascaded onto the runway sporting ghetto hair with an elegant twist; sideburns were pressed into stylish swirls cascading down both cheeks with the rest of the hair slicked back into a sleek pony tail paired with a polished red pout.
The official theme of the collection was inspired by ‘phosphorescent plankton that glow in the ocean at night’ with knitware designed to imitate ‘Urchins, Sponge and Scale’, however to the non-aquatic among us aesthetics boarded more on team NASA dressed in sexy knitted chainmail.
Spring/Summer 2013 demonstrated metallic silver knits in optic fibres, with clear and reflective yarn stretched across the body creating a peekaboo flesh effect.
Shapes varied from dress to trousers to trouser dress, combining skirts and woven silvery leggings. The most exciting pieces protruded silver hair from silver woven dresses, creating the impression of a sparse horse’s mane hugging the figure. The footwear du jour were grey ankle socks combined with black leathered chunky platforms. Accessories consisted of clear perspex bum bags doubled up as waist belts or the occasional upper arm purse, giving the whole look a more futuristic feel.
The whole show built to a space style crescendo, plunging the brightly lit space into darkness casting a UV light on the models strutting the 8 different looks in a luminescent glow, a bit like a parade of UV jellyfish.
The ever modest designer, Craig Lawrence nimbly stepped out at the end giving a small and humble wave, before disappearing like the sea creatures before him behind a mirrored wall.