LFW15: Wear Your Cactus To The Oscars

Oh Yes You Will!

With LFW15 and Fashion Month in general in full swing, it’s common to have a little sartorial overload and struggle to see the wood for the (tall and slender) trees. It’s so exciting and dazzling, you almost can’t see what you’re looking at. Not so this London Fashion Week. The very first day finished with a flourish as the designers of our future, Central St. Martins MA students lit up the runway with their creations.

The obvious eye-popper was the collection by Xinyuan Xu, with models enveloped in full-body translucent veils and huge succulents.DV

Fascinating and full of life, all, but the obvious eye-popper was the collection by Xinyuan Xu, with models enveloped in full-body translucent veils and huge succulents.  A little reminiscent of the Swan Dress, which accompanied Bjork to The 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, designed by Marjan Pejoski. Designed perhaps, to court controversy, it was also beautifully executed, with the swan’s head draped round  Björk’s shoulders.

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And Yet.. they were beautiful. The frontier is always a chilly place, and finding a cactus to wear when crossing it seems fitting somehow. DV

Xinyuan Xu’s cacti were not different. Tenderly executed out of who knows what fabric, they were pale and interesting or dark and bold, and added an arresting counterpoint to the already surprising veiling. Some were so huge one wondered how the models emerged from backstage without driving thorns into each other. Yet.. they were beautiful. The frontier is always a chilly place, and finding a cactus to wear when crossing it seems fitting somehow.

How would one wear them? And most, importantly, where? In the local mall on a Saturday, collecting groceries from the Farmer’s Market? No, I think a celebration or red carpet event is called for, and I’m determined to mark a place on my iCal for one of these fabric exclamation marks.

Chiffon head-to-toe veiling and life-size cactus? Yessir. I’m in.

With the 87th Academy Awards upon us any moment now, it’s a cinch… And if Björk can do it..

What about You, Sunflower?

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Images From The British Fashion Council for London Fashion Week.

 

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