Mark Fast SS19 London Fashion Week

Canadian-born Mark Fast has quickly become ‘the’ name in opulent knitwear at London Fashion Week; using innovative stitching techniques and a blend of lycra with natural fibres, the designer blurs the lines between technology and fashion. Held on the last day of this season’s schedule, the theme for Fast's show for SS19 was the desert goddess. Inspired by the work of Romanian sculptor Demétre Chiparus and Polish painter Wilhelm Kotarbiński, SS19 was uniquely delicate and yet primal, animalistic, and predatory.

Models emerged in sheer, textured creations evocative of both nymph and predator; in crocheted and beaded knits, with metallic yarns that mimicked the gossamer shimmer of snake scales. Gilded fringing and ostrich feathers decorated slinky, bodycon dresses in knitted mesh overlaid with bright gold, seafoam green, and turquoise sequins. Vibrant hues of metallic green, yellow, and fuchsia appeared alongside warm shades of bronze, khaki, and tan.Fast is known for his intriguing use of embellishments on sensual and feminine silhouettes, and his collection for SS19 certainly did not disappoint. Each piece was made by hand on domestic knitting machines and formed onto the body, producing almost sculptural creations in viscose, angora, and merino wool.

With ethereal beading on revealing mesh figure-hugging designs that clung to the body, SS19 was sleek and tightly edited. Using delicate gold feathered fringing and dramatic ostrich feathers, every detail was intended to imitate the look, the feel, and even the sound of a snake’s skin. This season Mark Fast reinvented sequins for the catwalk; intricate and delicate, multi-tonal shimmering discs added texture to barely-there crocheted eveningwear. Shimmering strands of golden fringing on a floor-skimming evening dress made for a dramatic entrance and an even more dramatic exit, both aesthetic and auditory. With his signature intricate detailing and show stopping aesthetic, Mark Fast’s latest collection was one of the highlights of this season’s London Fashion Week schedule.

By Lucie Dhog. Images shot for us by Stefan Jakubowski.