Bernard Chandran shines at Vauxhall Fashion Scout
Bernard Chandran is a designer whose enthusiasm and dedication to his art seems to come through more strongly in every collection, drawing a bigger and more high profile crowd every season. The Malaysian-born designer already counts flamboyant stars such as Lady Gaga among his clients, and the similarly larger-than-life latex beauty queen Pandemonia is also a fan: she was to be found in 'frow' at today's show with her constant canine companion, enjoying what turned out to be a packed show at Freemason's Hall.
This collection was starkly different from Chandran's Spring/Summer 2012 range, which took its inspiration from 1950s glamour: this was a far more futuristic affair. But the same sculptural simplicity we tend to associate with Chandran's work was evident: the silhouettes were highly streamlined, with fabrics fitting close to the body, often in the form of mesh or lace that imprinted its pattern directly on to the skin, using the body as a canvas for highly decorative styling. As in so many other shows this season, high necklines were used throughout the collection, and waists were well defined.
The biggest highlights of the show were to be found in the details, however: a big red sparkly collar drew gasps from the crowd and sent cameras clicking, as did several almost see-through garments with sheer, delicate embellishment. Once again it was a joy to see Chandran having fun with luxury fabrics, with little panels of high sparkle and glamour, used with a certain restraint to create these wonderful little details for maximum impact. We loved these glamorous touches all the more for the sparing application on the clothes.