Mark Fast SS18 London Fashion Week
Mark Fast joined the Fashion Scout schedule for AW17 and in both the shows that we’ve seen on this platform the designer has explored a subtly opulent aesthetic. This season it was bolder with sharper shades and Intricate beading, great swathes of fringing and colours from deep plum to a burnished bronze or gold created a sense of vintage glamour engineered via thoroughly modern means.
Those intricate knits and the designer's innate ability to frame and capture the female form gave the collection both its sense of grown up opulence and a touch of outrageous exposure. Skirts split to the hip by virtue of their fringed construction were (aside from the ITEM M6 hosiery) casually skin baring. Some looks made the body underneath almost part of the design. Despite a considerable swathe of nakedness it was always employed more as art than titillation.
Mark Fast usually gives the female body a pretty tight edit but, regardless, not every body on the runway for SS18 was standard catwalk size. The designer was one of the first to use 'normal' size catwalk models in 2010 and he's something of a pioneer in embracing arguments about diversity in bodies on the runway.
We loved the range of pieces in the SS18 collection - from the wild gowns, to the mini dresses - and the indulgent range of texture too. Plus the shimmer - so, much shimmer. On the beauty side, the collection was one of the most striking of the season. The models sported grey wigs with blunt chopped bangs and the coral red lip was the thread that held the collection together.
Words by The Glass Pineapple. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.