London Fashion Week: Marios Schwab SS 2013
We're three days into Fashion Week, and the shows are getting better and better. Marios Schwab had the midday slot at Somerset House, and the show was definitely a hot ticket, with a packed front row that included Anna Dello Russo. The designer seems to refine his vision every season, and this time around the workmanship and detail that goes into his creations was clear from the very first look.
The inspiration was twofold. First, the complexity of a honeycomb and its worker bee creators. Then Schwab looked back much further, to world heritage, ancient rituals and traditions, tribes and early civillisations.
It was an interesting concept, and the mixture of different eras and inspirations - from the grecian (in the shoes) to Amazonian - meant we saw a range of very different looks. Schwab's clever tailoring and cutting meant that heavy leathers looked soft and sumptuous, tightly pleated into modern cocktail dresses and an amazing fringed trench coat. Elsewhere, geometric honeycomb embroidery embellished sweaters in blue and red, and laces pulled together necklines and waists.
The collection really came into its own around halfway through, when the early daywear made way for evening pieces, including a beautiful nude pleated dress strapped down with a leather harness, and a series of longer dresses with sheer skirts and tops in either delicate lace or beads and fringing.
To finish, Schwab bought out the bling, wrapping dresses in tiny 'webs' of sparkling Swarovski chains, before going all out with full-length column dresses in nude and black sheer fabrics exploding with sparkling fringes in bright blue and deep khaki green.
See a video of the show below.
We attended the Marios Schwab show as guests of LG - thanks so much to them for the tickets!