As a designer who stays true to his British heritage, it is no surprise that Elliott J. Frieze was inspired by ‘all things British’ for his SS 11 Collection…
Traditional tailored trenches in shades of powder blue and camel beige were included in both his mens and womenswear lines. Features of the classic coat such as double-breasted fronts and strong, triangular-shaped lapels were transpired into men’s all-in-ones and women’s soft cotton dresses styled with tanned leather riding boots by Pampeano.
“Another inspiration behind the collection is childhood.” Elliott told me a couple of weeks prior to the show. “I have now got two young nieces and so am constantly surrounded by children’s books, especially those written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake” Influenced by Blake’s quirky drawings, Elliott created his own, depicting images of British polo and cricket players, which had been embroidered onto men’s suit jackets.
As the lights dimmed and the up beat electronic music shifted to the soft sounds of ‘when I Fall In Love,’ Anna Popplewell, muse, friend and fan of Elliott’s, appeared in front of the crowd, trading her usual front-row spot for the runway. Spectators jaws dropped as Anna closed the show dressed in a full-length strapless gown, complete with a sweetheart neckline; a show piece which no doubt will be seen on many a red carpet next season.
Words by Sarah Barlow
Illustrations by KELLYANNA
Photography by Nicole Trundle