Corrie Nielsen shows a restrained & assured collection for S/S’12

by Katie on October 12, 2011

As far as ‘off-schedule’ shows go, Corrie Nielsen manages to attract a fair crowd of influential magazine editors and key opinion formers at her burgeoning ‘should be on the British Fashion Council schedule’ shows after only two seasons.  High-tailing it to the off-schedule venue following the first BFC show to kick start London Fashion Week, expectations were high as last season, Corrie impressed not only myself but a whole host of others with her first catwalk show.
For Spring/Summer ’12, Corrie’s presentation was restrained and right on cue. Dipping into a dark Victorian ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ meets Japanese Geisha feel, this collection contained elements that literally made you gasp and are worthy of more global recognition. Grand folded fabric structures continued as well as Corrie’s renowned meticulous pleating which helped  create the architectural beauty that enveloped elements of the past. 
The show started with laid back plain separates and transformed in Gothic Geisha drama – Billowing high neck organza shirts paired with pinstriped pleat pants, floral Geisha type wraps over plain black two-tone pieces, sheeny mink coloured trench coats that shimmered and impressed with their volume and cut that led to the breath-taking finale of sharp shouldered Geisha type kimono dresses with bustles that flowed down the catwalk in elegant swathes.  Sleeves were a key featured and were either folded, voluminous and sharp or puffed and full while hemlines rippled and folded in architectural form (and were perhaps a tad too adventurous), fell in asymmetric lines or swept the floor in trailing sweeps.  
Colours were typically Corrie subtle using black, cream, mink and navy with an occasional splash of chartreuse to inject an inflection.

What impressed most was the tightness of this collection; No extraneous frills or bangs and whistles, just a consciously considered and designed with a clear customer in mind. Corrie Nielsen is one to keep watching. She manages to show and reflect a maturity in her outlook and collection while keeping it tight and focused.

Last three pics shown provided by kind permission of Christopher Dadey.

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