LGFW, Spring 2012: Day Four
Caitlin Power, Krane, Bustle and Vawk
Newcomers Goinaz Ashtiani and
Caitlin Power were finalists together in last season’s
TFI New Labels Competitions (Ashtiani took home the crown) and this season they’ve teamed up for a joint presentation, pitting Ashtiani’s feminine sophistication against Power’s futuristic androgyny. Highlights included Ashtiani’s violet-hued silk charmeuse jumpsuit and Caitlin Power’s Blade Runner-esque silk blouses with blue or orange contrast seaming.
Krane designer Ken Chow gave the boys something to cheer about with his signature waxed cotton and leather pieces including tailored blazers, moto-inspired jackets to casual toppers with hidden straps for a hands-free way to throw your coat over your shoulder. Leather harnesses, Doc Marten boots and Chow’s expertly constructed carryalls, messenger bags and totes completed the collection.
If the giant sailboat perched at the top of
Bustle’s runway didn’t clue you into the “I’m on a boat!” theme of their spring collection, the three swim suit clad beach babes popping champagne and flirting with the male models walking down the runway certainly succeeded in driving the point home. Needless to say audience members were a bit distracted during the show but between the girls’ giggles, winks and oopsy-daisies a few of us managed to catch the collection of nautical-inspired Miami clubwear a la all-white-everything suits, look-at-me stripe-y blazers and anchor emblazoned drawstring pants.
VAWK was the last show of day four but it was, as usual, worth the wait. Known for his gorgeous gowns and sophisticated separates, designer Sunny Fong’s insects theme for spring made for a collection of structured power dressing (sharply tailored jackets, fitted shift dresses with gold leather panels) metamorphosing by the end of the show into light as air goddess wear (flowing accordion pleat skirts, sheer blouses and diaphanous silk chiffon gowns). And because insects can be sexy too, there were peekaboo elements aplenty—think sheer fabrics, plunging necklines, daring cut-outs and dangerously high slits.
If you had to vote between all four designers mentioned above, which one would you say rocked the runway on Day Four best?