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Kinder Aggugini Autumn Winter 2010

23 Feb
From the minute I took my seat I fell a bit in love with the Kinder Aggugini show as the catwalk was decorated with elaborate gold candlesticks festooned with greenery and gold eagle statuettes.Kicking off with Kate Bush I did my best to get snap pictures from my back row seat as the collection that seemed part English stately manor and part Matrix went on below.
Inspired by Juliette Recamier Kinder Aggugini conceived a collection “based on the kind of beautiful feisty woman who lives like a true Rockstar whilst turning heads both for her look and her intellect”. The end result was beautiful, delicate flowing silk dresses teamed with rock n roll leathers, military inspired tailoring and structured English country tweeds. Military influences often pop up in Autumn Winter, but this look was less gold buttons and masculine buttoned up formal wear and more 19th century soldiers wife. Think Sharpe wrapping his jacket around the shoulders of a down on her luck aristocratic woman who has just fought off the advances of a boorish Officer by virtue of her superior wit and strength of character.
Combining masculine fabrics like leather and tweed with more feminine silks and fluffy mohairs created a look that was both feminine and powerful, a bit bad girl grows up, and absolutely right up my street.
Guest post by Gemma from Retrochick.
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Kinder Aggugini Spring Summer 2010

25 Sep

One of the least known ‘famous’ designers in the world, Kinder has ghost designed for Versace, Vivienne Westwood and Calvin Klein among others. He put himself in the limelight last season, showing his own label collection at London Fashion Week in February. I was thrilled to get an invitation to his Spring Summer 2010 show at London Fashion Week, the invite (a slightly bloody Snow White) piqued my interest. The collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Grimm Bothers fairytales, which I grew up with. He explains, “The show is based around that spirit – where everything appears candy-coated and pretty on the outside. Yet, within, lies a constant darkness..I have taken the little pretty children’s dresses, opened them up at the seams and inserted juxtaposing fabrics. These are usually darker and more textured”.

I loved the theatrical show. Kinder’s collection was a cornucopia of print and colour: pinks, blues, purples, metallics, stripes, snakeskin print, tribal patterns, polka dots. Everything was over the top, from the oversized Stephen Jones hats to snakeskin print fabrics and textures ranged from tweed to sheer, floaty chiffon. It sounds like an insane jumble of ideas, but there was an underlying cohesion which bought it all together and somehow it blended into a beautiful and vibrant show, one of my favourites.