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London Fashion Week – Bernard Chandran AW11

22 Feb

I experienced every blogger’s nightmare during LFW – my DSLR battery died during a show. Luckily I had my compact as a back up. Unfortunately the memory card was full after a couple of snaps, so apologies for not getting snaps of some of the looks I loved the most! However, they’re all available at Vogue.

Bernard Chandran is known for his artful , sharp tailoring and innovative cuts. Next season, his silhouettes are structured with nipped in waistlines complemented with folded peplum details. Known for his use of embellishment, he turned his hand to experimenting with zips this season. My favourite look was a red lace gown, it was absolutely stunning, unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a snap. The dress was beautifully light and delicate juxtaposed with an industrial zip. Colours were bold – red, orange, pink, electric blue and black. The luxe collection used fabrics ranging from leather, lace, silk and velvet but the one that garnered the most gasps were the feather pieces.

London Fashion Week – Bernard Chandran Spring/Summer 2011

19 Sep
I was up bright and early on day 2 of London Fashion Week. Truth be told, I was so shattered from the previous day’s antics that I lay in a little too long and left myself half an hour to be up, showered, dressed and organised for the day. The Bernard Chandran show had a 9.30am start time and this is a show I did not want to miss. I had seen images of his Autmn/Winter 2010 show and it seemed right up my street, innovative silhouettes and perfectly tailored pieces. For Spring/Summer 2011 he fuses sculptural shaping with softer, more romantic and fluid pieces.



The sculptural tailoring was mainly focused on the shoulders with exaggerated cap-sleeves featuring. This was interjected with fluid tailoring and slightly loose fitting dresses cinched in at the waist with belts or what looked like tied leather. Chandran had Malay influences, the silhouettes were clean and he featured rectangular panelling. He also played with volume in several pieces, I loved a black embellished evening dress which was fitted and flared out at the waist. Beading and metal embellishment featured heavily.


The colour palette was fairly muted, soft beige and grey to start off with and metallics towards the end. There was lots of bronze and silver, but also black and gold. He also used a Malay technique called Kerawang to introduce linear prints inspired by plant roots and plant fibres. My images don’t do these prints justice at all. It was a great collection, adding a slightly romantic, feminine aspect to his edgy aesthetic definitely works.