Carlotta Actis Barone SS12
One of my favourite new designers is Carlotta Actis Barone. A truly passionate creative type, and quite exciting in person, she always brings something new, and more importantly beautiful to LFW. This is the second season I have seen her range and I am even more in fashion-lust than before. The drapery is subtle and elegant and the ethical influences bring an added dimension to the show each season. SS12 brought together representation of European enforced and unethical prostitution with that of the Japanese Geisha movement, a perceived lifestyle of choice. Being a bit of a Japanophile I don't entirely agree with the festivity associated with Geisha life, but I do understand and admire the contrast Carlotta presented this week. Silks, chiffon and pastel satins played to boudoir and European notions of prostitution with a perfect contrast to the Eastern florals, wrap dresses and incredible head wear. Fresh flowers were tied to models ankles in a slightly bound fashion and the escapism of the final wedding inspired garment added to the subtle illustration of the creative vision. In all, it was one of the most visually inspiring shows all week, higher in quality and creativity than some of the on-schedule events. I can only wait in anticipation of her next season. A new fan surely secured in me.... 本当に美しい作品!
More information and imagery can be found on Fashion Mode & Carlotta's Website.