Southbank Centre played host to Blow's second 'Blow Presents' show which showcased the work of Charlie Le Mindu, Gemma Slack, Lina Osterman and Iris Van Herpen. Wig-meister Le Mindu shows that there are no bounds to what he can do with crafting hairpieces working in lips, birds of paradise, sunglasses and even the Eiffel Tower into glossy tresses that are like modern odes to Marie Antoinette's towering coiffures. He also made flowing jackets to blend seamlessly with the wigs.
Gemma Slack took a cue from the metal garments of 60s concept designers (as mocked by William Klein film 'Who are you Polly Magoo?') and made circle skirts and neckpieces out of aluminium sheeting. Pieces were also heavy with metal panelling and shapes were kept strict and tight with a pierced nipple take on the cone bra.
Lina Osterman has made an impressive debut beforehand with her dark aesthetic that takes what she did with label Pudel to further depths of extremities and with her spring summer collection, this was reflected in the net masks and shaggy fringe wigs (a cut Osterman sports herself). Since the masks are optional though, beyond the styling there were grandpa-collar shirts, belted coats, holey knitwear and harnesses that are darkly brooding for both men and women.
Iris Van Herpen is one of the show highlights back at Amsterdam Fashion Week and for her London debut, she was inspired by radiation, believing that one day radiation waves around us will be visible. On her highly meticulous pieces, the waves were translated into leather strings and ribbon glimmering with gold that curved and snaked around the body, emphasising shoulders and necklines.
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