A model on the catwalk at the Danielle Scutt fashion show, held at the BFC venue at Somerset House during London Fashion Week.
Danielle Scutt was the penultimate designer to show at London Fashion Week and there was definitely that “end-of-exams” kind of feeling around the tent. I’ve always loved Scutt’s quirky style, so I was quite excited to see what she had come up with this season. According to the press notes, the collection was inspired by youth culture from the Nineties, when the designer was growing up. This meant thugs, skin heads and other quite masculine subcultures. Through her collection she wanted to show a girl who’s grown up to be a strong woman after growing up in those days.
It sounded fascinating and a great concept to work from, but the reality of it was a little confusing. It started with elegant evening wear, beautiful copper metallic skirts and tops, then moved on to bleached dip dyed denim, then moving on to some pretty yellow and black pieces which were styled with cannabis references, to eventually end with a series of tartan pieces – one of which featured a picture of Tupac.
Some pieces bizarrely had T-shirts clipped to the front, whilst others wore turban style hats made out of T-shirts and with a section of a newspaper stuffed into it. The whole thing left me quite confused, and if it weren’t for the explanation in the press notes, I would have hated it. It had too many ideas floating around, where one would have worked just fine. I think youth subcultures make a great subject, but there’s no need to reference every single one of them. The show as a whole just didn’t feel cohesive.
It’s clear Danielle Scutt is an amazingly talented young designer, one of the most exciting ones of her genereation. I loved the copper skirts and the bleached denim pieces had me craving for more, but on the whole, I was left a little disappointed.
Alex is the author of popular fashion blog www.alexloves.com
Images: Press Association