1. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Future Couture Day Two Look One

    Daphne Guinness resumes her position in front of Nick Knight's lens as we open day two with a look from Maison Martin Margiela. Daphne wears a sequinned persian rug column gown and Margiela garment bag: an arch note on artifice and objectification in modern fashion and a genius reappropriation in true house tradition.

  2. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Another dimension

    As we pause for lunch here at Park Royal and the relentless Ms Guinness prepares for her next role as a Rick Owens high priestess, now seems a good time to reflect on the work Kev Stenning of Rapido 3D has been developing over the two days. Eventually to appear in physical form in the windows of Le Printemps, this image gives a sneak peek at the futuristic bas reliefs that will be created.


  3. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Day Two Look Two: Rick Owens

    From his almost ecclesiastical collection combining classic sixties couture volumes and a streamlined purity that is purely modern, Rick Owens provides Daphne's latest look for Future Couture. A sheath of white silk crepe and a leather and cotton jacket whose structure meets autonomy with restriction form the robes fit for a priestess.

  4. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Future Couture Day Two Look Three: Junya Watanabe

    In a look combining Cyberdog rave-futurism and submarine crustacean, Daphne is currently bathing in the lasers of Kev Stenning's 3D scanner with a serpentine companion nestling comfortably in the ruffles of Junya Watanabe's chiffon shrug jacket.


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  5. by Ben Knight Evans .

    NEWGEN//TEN: Ashish

    Our seventh and final look of the day, Ashish's backless dress and long, hooded top in blocks of primary-colour paillettes form Karlie's last outfit and combines designer Ashish Gupta's trademarks of sequins and bold graphic appeal. To top that, it definitely feels like rain may just be about to hit Park Royal just before we stop play...

  6. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Power Dressing: Hot rod shoe by Prada

    As Lara Stone changes into her third look of the day, now seems a good moment to take a look at the shoes that she stands in throughout. From her macchina Americana-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Miuccia Prada's wedge featuring a Cadillac tail-fin light exploits a traditionally masculine fetish for the classic automobile and heighten their voluptuous aesthetic appeal. A million miles from the training shoe worn by the traditional student of Krav Maga, it is their realistic impracticality that is part of the philosophy behind Power Dressing.

  7. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Concertina backs for shirts and coats from palmer//harding

    In a brief stopover at the Exhibition at Somerset House, we met with Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding to discuss their Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection. Grounded in precise and thoughtful twists of tailoring to the white shirt, this season sees variations in the form of coats, dresses and an exploration of various cotton fabrics. Featuring moleskine, poplin and mesh in a subtle palette drawn lightly from sculptures of wood, the structural inspiration continues in their upright construction.

  8. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Polka dots and parachutes at Christopher Raeburn

    With fabrics sourced from Yorksire mills, Christopher Raeburn's Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection had an aptly moorish feel (as in Wuthering Heights, not North Africa) as London bathes in archetypical grey and drizzle. Raeburn's signature utilitarianism continued with drawstrings, quilting and backpacks all contributing to a well-pitched look at form and function.

  9. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Kinder Aggugini Autumn/Winter 2012/13

    Set against a mashed up soundtrack opening with Jolene and continuing through a 90s R&B odyssey, Kinder Agguigini's collection shown today was also a perfectly judged mix through print (country and western motifs, flocks of baroque), fabric (silk crepe, ponyskin and lurex) and colour (moss green, raspberry, seafoam and pale pink).

  10. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Morana Kranjec's origami armour


    Paying a visit to the exhibition at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, we were taken aback by these immense origami creations by Morana Kranjec. Folded by the designer herself and presented almost confrontationally like a cubist chess game, the garments propose a structural weightiness often rejected by the delicate artform.


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