September 10, 2007
Photographed by Yosra El-Essawy
British design stars Katie Walsh
and Fiamma Poltock might be relatively new to the
scene, but their edgy creations have taken the fashion
world by storm. This duo showed their spring 2008
collection in the Metropolitan Pavilion and the
line successfully mixed a hard rock n’ roll
vibe with ethereal prettiness. This diverse combination
of texture, color, and fabric was a bold move that
worked in harmony to create twenty-six unforgettable
Everything about the line was
fierce, but the clothing never felt too aggressive.
The twirl skirts were simply breathtaking –
the detail in the workmanship was exquisite. These
skirts were highly sculptural, and not what one
would consider practical. However, it is still easy
to imagine traipsing down the street in these must-have
iconic pieces. Mixing beautiful artistry with wearable
clothing, now that truly is a feat!
The sexy black garters combined
with colourblocking made bold statements on the
runway. And the nude skinny jeans were a refreshing
twist on what has quickly become an overdone look.
The layered Y dresses and sheer underwear dresses
were undeniably provocative, but again, the designers
showed restraint. Everything was deliberate, but
nothing was overdone.
The Poltock & Walsh line was
impressive, and the Henri Bendel 100 Birthday skirt
was the piece de résistance. Throughout the
collection, the designers used a neutral color base
with bright bursts of pink, yellow, aqua, and green.
The eye catching jewelry provided by Philippa Holland
enhanced the clothing. The line was well thought
out, and the pieces moved well on the runway.