With London Fashion Week around the corner, we're all getting excited to see what we'll be wearing next autumn and whether we'll still be paying homage to the '70s or unearthing something completely different from the depths of our wardrobes.
We thought we'd go behind-the-scenes with some designers showing at London Fashion Week and get the inside scoop on what their inspirations are this season. While the finished product is what we'll ultimately be wearing (or wishing we were), there's nothing more fascinating than seeing how something that struck the designer's imagination - whether it's Hitchcock's heroines or the Alps - gets transformed into a coveted coat or pair of trousers.
Corrie Nielsen is definitely a designer to watch. The Central Saint Martins graduate, originally from Florida, was awarded the coveted Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden prize in 2010 by none other than John Galliano. Nielsen's winning collection referenced Galliano's work as well as other designers like Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Viktor & Rolf and stood out for its extreme tailoring and exaggerated folds, drapes and bustles.
"The A/W 2011 collection takes inspiration from the Elizabethan period mixed with French inspired 1950's Haute Couture," Nielsen tells us. "The colour palette consists of dark green, purple, deep blues, deep reds, gold and black."
Do we sense there will be a touch of New Look in Nielsen's new looks? We'll find out at the designer's show on 18th February.
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