The Grainy Attraction

The Grainy Attraction

I was not going to post this video that I had taken at the Charles Anastase SS/09 show on Sunday as when it had uploaded onto Youtube, it became a grainy mess that made Anastase’ sheer mini-crinos over stockings and the girls themselves look shonky/wonky.  In reality the show was something that I defy even the hardest, most bad-ass, edgiest die-hards to not like.  Testament to Anastase’s popularity, I hadn’t even publicised the video and it’s already been commented on Youtube.

The show itself lived up to all those expectations that were pre-conceived; the whole Lula magazine gang were out in force, gaggles of Charles Anastase wearers in the audience and the girls came trooping out with long slightly unkempt (but not messy good lord!) hair, geeky glasses (courtesy of Linda Farrow) and bundles of girliness and French spirit.  I was going to raise my eyebrow at the predictability of it all.  But by the end of it, it was clear Charles Anastase had played his trump card; that he had stayed true to those cliches and made them his own.  He owns that niche.  His clothes DEMAND that they be worn by the Valentine Fillol Cordiers of the world, dancing in front of an SX-70 camera, twirling around with a cat umbrella or some such whimsical prop with Au Revoire Simone playing in the background.  Why fight it when that is what the clothes are made for and perfectly at that.

Moreoever Anastase has made sure his clothes are weighted down and more rooted, so as to not become a silly pastiche; a shot of denim/leather here or there, black stockings that are more sexy than girly, cycling shorts under the sheer organza skirts, some of Anastase’ trademark grafitti/illustration dotted around and most noticeably the SUPER high shoes (a collaboration with Natacha Marro).   

When I interviewed Anastase backstage after the show, and he said he loved my cage dress, it did give me hope that despite being sans geek glasses, vintage sailor dress and navy battered loafers, I too can take a piece of Anastase or two and play around with it… in my own messy way of course.


Pics by Kate Rodgers and Rod Edmonds from DD which I think show up the details the best of all the pics thus far of the show.


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  1. Allure

    2008-09-16 at 10:04 AM

    I can’t find words to describe how much I liked this show. The way he played with innocence and sensuality is simply fantastic.

  2. tamara

    2008-09-16 at 10:05 AM

    susie if you post about alun davies when you find out more info you’ll be my hero ive been trying for so long to search her!!!

  3. vintage clothes

    2008-09-16 at 10:44 AM

    ohh i like it it is so geek chic sexy! the shoes are fab and the tights and layering actualy its very you, not the geek chic just the tights and layering!

  4. Chic Looks

    2008-09-16 at 10:49 AM

    I love this collection so much,the sheer white skirts, the shoes – want want want!!!Natacha Marro shoes are superbly crazy fun, if that makes sense, everything in this collection is just right.

  5. lady coveted

    2008-09-16 at 11:01 AM

    wow, i love the mixy nature of all this… it’s very unique but its’ also wearable. nice line to walk.

  6. farren

    2008-09-16 at 11:07 AM

    i LOOOOVED anastase! it’s the only show from london fashion week that has been posted up on that i like. =) it makes me want to wear sheer skirts every day for the rest of my life. <3

  7. megan

    2008-09-16 at 12:31 PM

    kate is such an amazing photographer
    love it.x

  8. a dreamer

    2008-09-16 at 12:39 PM

    amaaazing. the layers and collars look fantastico!

  9. Jade

    2008-09-16 at 12:49 PM

    i LOVE the shoes!

  10. tanya

    2008-09-16 at 1:03 PM

    lol i was the one that commented first on that youtube vid…
    sorry… i tend not to make too much sense in the early morning. all i can get out are simple words like ‘mmm…’
    anyone know if Charles Anastase is sold anywhere in sydney?

  11. selina

    2008-09-16 at 1:48 PM

    need block platforms NOW!! autumn seems the perfect time for black stockings, although must remember to wear shorts under skirts to avoid the wind catastrophys, i’m wondering about suspenders…

  12. WendyB

    2008-09-16 at 2:03 PM

    LOL. I guess I must be seriously uncool because this might as well be Swahili: “the Valentine Fillol Cordiers of the world, dancing in front of an SX-70 camera,”
    Poor Valentine is not QUITE a household name.

  13. evie

    2008-09-16 at 2:40 PM

    i really liked this collection too. this was the first time since nyfw that i’ve not noticed the shoes because the rest of the pieces were so amazing. and now that i’ve seen the hoes as well, they are equally superb!

  14. MHBass

    2008-09-16 at 4:33 PM

    i feel like i can never wear heels again if they’re not THOSE heels.

  15. Thom Wong

    2008-09-16 at 5:02 PM

    Why is London so stingy on the menswear? I suppose I could Google this but I feel you know the answer, most powerful Bubble.

  16. sophie

    2008-09-16 at 7:52 PM

    Oh I know these shoes!!!!!I worked for the Charles Anastase’s latest show room in paris . They are really comfortable (if you doubt about it!)
    This brand is REALLY NICE. I love his clothes!

  17. eliza

    2008-09-16 at 9:13 PM

    yes!! i loved this collection so much and could not get over those shoes and the ruffly layered goodness of it all…cant believe you got to go! so jealous…

  18. enc

    2008-09-17 at 1:29 AM

    It all looks pretty convincing—and great—to me. I like those crazy shoes!

  19. Austere

    2008-09-17 at 4:46 AM

    ah, killer shoes!

  20. Cammila

    2008-09-17 at 5:10 AM

    Those block platforms are giving me a wonderful stroke. So playful and adorable that my brain can’t receive blood.

  21. Lady Melbourne

    2008-09-17 at 8:50 AM

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, he is one of my eternal favourites.

  22. miss woo

    2008-09-17 at 9:30 AM

    I really, really love this collection. Thank you for posting the video and photos!

  23. ryder

    2008-09-23 at 10:58 PM

    I need those shoes in my life.

  24. Mens designer clothing

    2009-01-06 at 8:46 PM

    Really good post

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