LGFW, Spring 2012: Day Two
Amanda Kew Lee, Joeffer Caoc and Chloe Comme Parris
It’s day two at the tents and
Amanda Lew Kee kicked things off by picking up right where yesterday’s designers left off, continuing the increasingly ubiquitous trends of bold multi-hued prints, sheer float-y chiffon and contrast zipper detailing which, from the way they were buckling and pulling, could probably have benefited from a couple more days finessing.
Typically known for his posh eveningwear, tailored pieces and architectural details, veteran
Joeffer Caoc surprised audiences by taking a decidedly sporty turn on the runway with fresh takes on classic athletic wear for spring. With the long distance runner as his muse, Caoc created edgy 80s-inspired sportswear from fuchsia
hoodies and mesh racer skirts to electric blue shorts and shimmering silver track pants.
The Mercedez-Benz Start Up show lured fashion fans to the tents with the promise of exciting new work from five up-and-coming designers, free SmartWater and, oh right, a special appearance by Jessica Stam who was given the honour of announcing the evening’s winner. The five finalists included
UNTTLD (edgy, punk, leather),
Travis Taddeo (minimal lines, jersey fabrics, luxury street wear), Cassie Dee (modern daywear, bold patterns, unique details), Triarchy (jeans) and this year’ Start Up winner, Montreal-based label Martin Lim (fluid, feminine, modern).
Martin Lim may have won tonight’s top prize, but sisters Parris and Chloe Gordon of
Chloe Comme Parris had arguably the day’s top show. A paint-splattered runway set the stage for some of the best prints and patterns we’ve seen so far this season. Word on the street is they were custom designs the girls created with their mother. Creativity, it seems, definitely runs in the family.