GFW 2009: Knits and Bones

Tearing myself away from my stand, or rather my internet connection hasn't been easy but I had to go check out portfolios when I saw the Westminster show yesterday, which was packed to the rafters and was full of collections that had serious direction and focus…so many to talk up that it is hard to choose but me boring on about every student would be a pointless affair…

Sarah Benning started the show and woke me up from the afternoon lag and completely distracted me from the fact that I needed to pee at that point.  It was delicate and brash clashing with each other.  Giant knits with a plastic sheen were paired with printed chiffon and dainty patternation going up the legs.  A look at her sketchbook reveals Benning's previous work on printed latex and in her final collection, it seems she was really trying to experiment with techniques.  It has to be said that I have a wee bias towards giant knits and that the chunky strands are so pronounced in Benning's pieces makes them even more striking.

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Fflur Owen (pronounced Fleur…)'s collection was heaped with labour and love and there was a real sense of craftsmanship about every piece that struck me straight away. The cut out leather, the treatment of the animal skulls, the handmade shoes and the way those elements came together was spectacular to watch.  She got the cow and sheep skulls from her uncle's farm, polished them, covered them with Swarovski crystals to make neckpieces and worked the cows head into a truly amazing bag.  Fflur had prettified the skulls so much so that you could barely detect their origin.  In awe….well and truly.  

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23 Replies to “GFW 2009: Knits and Bones”

  1. seriously, you always find the most amazing things and i have no clue how you do it! this is fabulous… It’s great to check your blog multiple times throughout the day and find new posts! Thanks for all the great stuff!

  2. Great coverage of gfw Susie, Sarah Benning’s work looks incredible – textured texture.
    I was so surprised to see you on Sunday – thanks for your time and the link, you’re lovely! 🙂
    – Nadia

  3. I am SO enjoying these posts, Susie, they’re just great. When it’s all finished, I’m going to go through and make myself a list of names I expect to be hearing more of in the future and then when they’re hugely famous I can say, “Oh, yeah, the first time I heard about her was from Susie Bubble!”

  4. ah, the skull ones are just beautiful. Magic.
    Great work by the way Susie! Really enjoying your gfw coverage.

  5. Oh, I love Fflur’s collection too, amazing leather pieces over these cream chiffon dresses.. It was definitely the highlight of Westminster for me.
    Anyway, lovely to meet you at GFW Susie, I’m sure I’ll get to see you again very soon. 🙂
    Alizé, FTape reporter x

  6. Fflur’s collection seems like it would be an amazing step forward at Chloe. I think they should do away with Hannah and hire her. HA!
    but Im serious.

  7. Sarah’s knits are plain *amazing* of course. Is there by any chance a recycling-aspect to her collection, I mean as in recycled plastic bags or something, and would you know?

  8. all these collections you’ve been reporting on lately have been amazing and all very inspirational. it’s great to that such creativity is alive and well.

  9. i love the way the animal skulls are so raw, almost reminding us that crystals are a natural thing too so shouldn’t be such a new combination, but it works so well!

  10. Good afternoon. It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
    I am from Lebanon and also now am reading in English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Because it regurgitates long results on the radiation, severely in the various glands, it is similarly found field dog.”
    THX :P, Elsie.

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