Elliott J. Frieze

by Katie on May 31, 2011

If the price of cotton was still rising in the same way it was during the first quarter of this year then we may be talking about corduroy in the same hushed tones normally reserved for silk jersey, or cashmere.

Somebody who is also working wonders with the dusty, geography teacher image of corduroy is Cardiff-born designer, and Qasimi co-founder, Elliott J. Frieze.

Frieze’s jaunty Seventies-influenced Autumn/Winter collection has corduroy in abundance.  Tailored into high-waisted skirts and flares for women, or a trench-inspired men’s jumpsuit, Frieze blows the cobwebs off the fabric’s rather bookish reputation.

The trench coat forms a motif to both the men’s and women’s collections, and appears in various guises, from the jumpsuit mentioned above to a sleeveless shirt-dress.  The primary foundation, however, is a focus on traditional tailoring and British fabrics.

Frieze’s work is obviously, to quote a cliché, a labour of love, and is deeply personal.  The use of textiles reflects Frieze’s own journey from his Welsh home to the city, whilst the subtle embroidery which dots the pieces evokes a childhood love of Roald Dahl, and memories of Quentin Blake’s accompanying illustrations.

No one-trick pony, the designer also adds draped jersey and lambswool to the mix. Stand-out pieces include an elegant black high-necked shift, and a dramatic, sweeping silver grey gown.

Despite celebrating a decade working in fashion, this collection is only Frieze’s second under his own name, yet he has already dressed Amber Le Bon and Jacquetta Wheeler.

Let’s hope this is just the start. 

Elliott J Frieze is available from www.elliottjfrieze.com

Article researched and written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah)

Photos kindly supplied courtesy of Pandora’s Thoughts

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