Underneath a grey February sky American born designer Corrie Nielsen kicked off London Fashion week yesterday with a highland fling.
Dedicated to her grandmother and great, great, great grandfather John S. Burns, Nielsen’s A/W collection of darkly dramatic silhouettes in fiery red and monochrome tartans marries her Scottish heritage with a modern tailored twist.
Structural white shirts sparked against red tartan pencil skirts and billowing monochrome separates, tailored by the neat puff shoulder box blazer.
Drawing on the ancient Vestiarium Scoticum, the once considered most controversial book on Scottish costume, Nielsen’s rich offering of softly sculptural dresses and capes drape in the tradition of the Scottish sash and borrow from medieval history with high collar layers of tulle and the volumous floor sweeping cape in deep purple duchess satin.
Elsewhere print and texture come out to play with delicate polka dots layered over powerful tartan as models clutch exclusively created Sophia Beckford leather beaded clutch bags in the Royal Stewart, MacLellan and Burns checks seen throughout the collection.
Remaining true to her signature features of intertwining historical eras with sculptural modern tailoring this may be the collection closest to Corrie Nielsen’s heart and equally beloved by the industry.
And if our third solo show was greeted with roaring applause we’d be doing the fling too!
Words: MARISSA BAXTER
Images: Courtesy of FORWARD PR