Maria Grachvogel's Artistic SS14 Collection at LFW
Thanks to her beautiful, wearable creations and her take on relaxed modern glamour, Maria Grachvogel has been a firm favourite of ours here at CQ over the last few seasons, and today's collection showed just how far the designer has come since starting her own business at the tender age of 18. Ensuring London Fashion Week went out with a bang, we headed to Somerset House along with actress Emma Thompson and Made In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock to see what Grachvogel had in store for Spring Summer 2014.
The show opened with an emphasis on fluid fitting as several soft, duck egg blue creations floated down the runway, transforming into an incredible hand painted cotton dress and followed by a trouser suit in the same romantic print. Known for her signature artwork as well as her unconventional methods of cutting, dresses, wide leg trousers and long shorts all skimmed the body through draped Egyptian cotton, folded swathes of silk and slouched silhouettes. The show notes informed us that the collection was inspired by masculine tailoring, but antique sequin detailing sprinkled across trademark jumpsuits and a soft colour palette of aqua, plaster, putty and clay, the aesthetic was undeniably feminine.
As each block of colour made its way along the catwalk, abstract impressions of flowers and wildlife playfully interjected - Grachvogel had called upon a young artist full of youthful innocence and creative freedom as her muse, which translated into her delightful prints. Thick brush strokes and spatters of ink adorned the final silk and organza gowns, creating a mesmerising effect, like paint swirling in a glass of water. These were the pièce de résistance of the collection, along with a new garment that on paper shouldn't have worked, but in reality, looked like it was meant to be; a transparent skirt pant combo, with wide trousers in the front and a trailing skirt in the back.