London Fashion Week – Julian J Smith

by Katie on September 23, 2010

It’s fairly safe to say that the fashion industry and gay men go together like ham and cheese, so I was shocked to discover a room full of women at Julian J. Smith, all eagerly awaiting their first glimpse of his vision for Spring/Summer 2011.  Smith boasts an impressive celebrity clientele, and it’s easy to see how he has accrued so many female fans in just three seasons, recently converts include Olivia Palmero, Leona Lewis, and Sophie Ellis Bextor.

Juxtaposed textures have been a key trend over the past week, and Smith’s collection of sporty silhouettes was no exception.  Prints, which were inspired by the abstract impressionism of Walter de Kooning and rendered in coral, aquamarine, cocoa, ivory and acid yellow, either covered pieces in full or were cut into geometric panels alongside leather, chiffon, and iridescent metallics in sherbet tones. 

Sheer layers and offset necklines created asymmetric interest to cocktail dresses; pewter leather discs were applied to cropped bomber jackets and gauzy tops.  Bold colour above the eye and straw net visors worn with pony tails nodded to Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and ‘Love At First Sight’ videos.

Julian J. Smith is a designer who obviously enjoys making pretty, wearable clothes for real women and there were a lot of ideas in this collection which will find their way to the high street.

Piece written by Lee Clatworthy for Katie Chutzpah blog
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