Tuesday 22 February 2011

LFW Diary AW11: Angela Cassidy

After watching the lovely Jazzkatze do what she does best at Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Sunday, the emerging design talent platform's director (Martyn Robert), was on hand to direct press and buyers upstairs to view an unscheduled static presentation by Angela Cassidy – which proved to be a lovely surprise. A new designer on my radar, I was really impressed by Cassidy's use of what I can only describe as a bleak colour palette (think oat, snow and earth shades), deftly compensating with outstanding technical design in knitwear.
Complimentary pink champagne in hand, I viewed the Scottish designer's third collection and could instantly see why she's won such coveted industry awards as 2010 Textile Brand of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Taking her inspiration from nature this season, Cassidy's AW11 collection explores contoured landscapes, cloud formations and water with wondrous effect.
Exploring the very structure of fabric, Cassidy cleverly opted for clean and simple silhouettes delivering an elegant knitting collective, showcasing variations in weight and technique to produce highly wearable pieces that will work wonders as the base of a capsule wardrobe. Beautifully textured cashmere staples were commonplace as were panelled luxury sweaters and overtly feminine pieces. With visible seams and patchwork like garment construction, Cassidy's is as transparent a collection you're likely to find, where what you see is genuinely what you get.

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