London Fashion Week A/W 2008-9: Ann Sofie Back
Reading the press release for Ann Sofie Back I started to worry that she had taken a dramatic stylistic departure: "this season's collection is dedicated to Heat and O.K! Magazine and all the misbehaving lovelies they portray." With clothes featuring g-string detailing, pixelated crotch prints and Kate Moss-style ripped silk dresses I feared the worst.
Luckily for me Ann Sofie Back's trademark detached humour made what could have been something awful actually quite clever and stylish. The models zigzagged out onto the catwalk periodically pausing to pose before retreating and coming back out in conventional catwalk style to a medley of 'Looney Tunes' songs.
As always Back's impeccable tailoring gave the comic elements substance with fabulous trousers, oversized blazers and silk dresses. The g-string detailing consisted of lacy panels which hung from skirt hems and served as t-shirt straps. Wine-stain rings on t-shirts and ripped jeans added to the trashy celebrity effect and further referenced some of the people French Vogue namechecked in their recent 'bad girl' feature.
The only thing I wasn't so keen on were the shoes, pointy slingbacks which would look more appropriate in a branch of BHS. Her last catwalk show also featured dodgy shoes with some dubiously '90s black heels so maybe it's a running joke?