Merit Award winner Georgia Hardinge presented her AW 11 collection to a backdrop of Bjork and club beats, with models glowing in nude lipstick and grey smoky eyes. The garements were exceptional, classic simplicity with edge, whilst also completely wearable.
The show began with black on black; a sheer shirt paired with panelled leggings and an intricate cropped blazer. The looks were accompanied with preppy ankle socks, given a grungy appeal with black wedge platforms. Sensational sculpted mini dresses gave the perfect feminine silhouette and sleek maxi designs lengthened the body. Masculine trench coats with bold shoulders and cropped blazers were showcased alongside womanly cream capes.
The first half of the show focused on harsh black, integrating grey digi print and suede panels. The latter half revolved around a cream and neutral colour palette, paired with towering camel wedges. Trousers had a Reptilian influence, with strips of fabric looped repeatedly like scales, also seen on the back of collars. Thick jersey dresses were given the same unique touch and a bodycon skirt was balanced by a tonal, sheer rose pink top. Leather also featured with pieces such as grey high-rise shorts and a long vest.
I was left mesmerised by the end of the show. Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts shared my passion for the successful designer. “I loved it, I thought it was amazing,” she expressed, “my favourite piece was the long panelled dress and I loved the print used too.”
Words : Tess Stam
Images : Lucas Seidenfaden
Illustration 1 : Andy Bumpus
Illustration 2 / 3: KELLYANNA