Sat, 18/02/2006 - 5:00pm
BFC tents, SW7
If we could sum-up the mood of the c.neeon collection in three words,
what would they be? Probably fun, fun and more fun. After a week of
literally hopping around (courtesy of the crutches), enduring long
queues and surviving on tea and biscuits, it was a relief to see a show
that had a carefree atmosphere. Even the audience was smiling!
For their London debut, Berlin-based designers Clara Kraetsch and
Doreen Schulz decided to liven things up a little. The title of their
collection, 'Haschmichmädchen' means 'catch me girl.' The phrase
originates from a song by East German new wave band, Keks - whose
lyrics were deemed to be controversial and eventually censored.
The soundtrack itself - a mad, post-punk industrial song with lots of
shouting - was played on a loop. It was the perfect accompaniment to a
slightly crazy collection.
AW06 is a colourful affair at c.neeon towers - jagged, geometric
prints, random scribbles and airbrushed stripes are scattered over
wool, cotton, jersey and Lycra. Surface decoration aside, the main
silhouettes are harem pants (worn low at the crotch), hoodies,
leggings, party frocks, tunics and trench coats. Most flattering are
the dresses: low-waisted with kimono sleeves and a touch of the Orient.
It's all rather Bauhaus meets samurai warrior at an 80s acid house
party - and you get the feeling everyone's invited.
Menswear is catered for too - it's very Kim Jones. Mainly hoodies,
trench coats and paintbox bright trousers. Streetwise gents will love
the hooded tops with padded panels and hi-tec drapery around the
neckline. Hurry up with the next collection ladies, we're looking
forward to SS07 already!
Words: Bianca Donnelly. Photos: David Jones.