London Fashion Week A/W 2008-9: Ossie Clark
Vivienne Westwood isn’t the only big British label returning to London Fashion Week this season – classic label Ossie Clark is also back, for the first time since the '70s. The all-new design team is headed up by a group of Central St Martins graduates, lead by Avsh Alom Gur, whose own show will be taking place later in the week. Ossie Clark was the designer that dressed Bianca and Mick Jagger in their '60s heyday, as well as being the husband of print-meister-extraordinaire Celia Birtwell. This new collection had a lot to live up to, and for the most part ticked all the boxes.
The first few outfits were a bit of a let down, and seemed a little inconsistent – a pink pencil skirt, shiny tights and plastic jacket combo, for instance, was a bit confusing. What era was this again? Still, the show soon got into its stride with classic Clark looks meshing well with modern twists. A mustard yellow jumpsuit looked as good today as it would have done way back when on Mrs Jagger, and a chiffon ruffled dress in sludgy colours somehow managed to look surprisingly modern (perhaps because it was modelled by, yes, you’ve guessed it, mad-eye Masha). Prints were as strong as expected, although they were about as far removed from Birtwell’s artwork as you could get. This was probably a good thing – relaunching a label doesn’t mean rehashing old ideas, after all.
There was the odd low point – blue alligator suit with yellow trim, yes I’m looking at you! But for the most part this multicoloured homage to the '70s, was a welcome return to the schedule.