DESIGNER: Mark Fast
INSPIRATION: "Utopia, but there's an environmental message, as if the beauty has been washed away by toxic rain", Fast told us backstage.
TOP LOOKS: For the season ahead, Fast has developed his signature curve-hugging dress to incorporate great manes of ultra-fine fringes. A black cutaway bodice with a flamingo pink and violet tassled skirt was simply mesmerising as it swished up the runway, as was the final showstopper, a full-length delicate white knit dress with great swathes of fringing falling from the hips and arms. Perfect for the daring bride looking to break the trousseau mould. A neon yellow cone bra and matching ultra-tight skirt featured shiny pvc panels providing a perfect contrast to Fast's delicate knits, and nodded to one of the big colour stories for the season ahead.
ACCESSORIES: Fierce Louboutin platform sandals in a host of fluoro shades.
WHO WAS THERE: Just about every fashion editor worth their salt, plus Yasmin Le Bon who was on hand to cheer model daughter Amber on the catwalk. We're told that a late Nicola Roberts was forced to stand due to the packed BFC tent.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:Fast has built his reputation on creating second-skin cobweb knits, and fans will not be disappointed by the Canadian designer's spring/summer 2011 collection. But he is clearly keen to show he's not a one trick pony, and this season's more laidback hippie feel, smattering of crystals and eye-dazzling neons meant his overall message felt much more optimistic and romantic.
We were disappointed to see that there were significantly fewer 'normal' models this season (we counted just one on the catwalk), but, he explained to us backstage, the attention lavished on his former runway ladies such as Crystal Renn meant they were "too busy" to walk for him this season. Perhaps he feels his work is done, and it seems Fast's animal-like creations signalled a shift in agenda: the environment. "The BP oil spill had a huge affect on this collection", he explained "it just feels like attitudes have to change now."
Take a look through the gallery below to see the rest of the looks from the collection.
DESIGNER: Mark Fast