Arbiter Elegantiarum (a judge or authority in matters of taste), Corrie Nielsen's latest collection, was shown today at London Fashion Week. Using Oscar Wilde's gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, alongside with 19th century men's tailoring and snippets of contemporary Japanese aesthestic, for inspiration, can only create immense things.
Androgynous tailoring created sharp folds of pleats, forming magnificent structures of the hips, sleeves and collars of many of the pieces, accomplished in great swathes of luxurious fabrics. Where the dramatic pleats and folds ended, freely flowing sumptuous layers of material began. The colours were elegantly refined; white, black, navy and hues of lime and yellow.
A fine-cut, crisp grey trouser suit was my favourite piece. The fastidious formation of pleats and folds created a beautiful architectural structure around the hips of the model. The look was softened with a oversized, white pussybow tie.
I felt extremely proud to be attending the show of a UAL alumni; Corrie Nielson graduated with a First Class BA Honours degree in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins. Last year, she was chosen by John Galliano as winner of the Fashion Fringe 2010 award with a collection inspired by 18th century illustrators James Gillray and George Cruikshank. She produced a romantic and whimsy collection.
This was only Corrie Nielsen's third catwalk show yet she has been extolled worldwide by top print and digital media.