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Erdem A/W 2010 RTW

When I was in London this year, I went to the V&A to check out the regular exhibitions which, really, you can never get enough of. No matter how many times I’ve been there, I want to go again – …

Tue, Feb 23, 2010, 13:51

   

When I was in London this year, I went to the V&A to check out the regular exhibitions which, really, you can never get enough of. No matter how many times I’ve been there, I want to go again – no matter how many floors I see, I want to see more. Although, granted, not in the same space of time, because after two hours I’m ready for the fresh air and moving things and, uh, fresh air again. I’m not a long-haul museumgoer, I’ll admit it. But I digress. . . fashion, right?

Okay. Back on track. While I was there, I was lurking around the fashion rooms, where several young students who, I presume, have designs on [geddit?!] being the next Vivienne Westwood or Louise Goldin were sketching the Versace gowns (I remember, years ago, seeing the original Versace exhibition in London. . . rambling!), and some nice little lady from the V&A (who was probably about 25, but anyway) came along and offered me a ticket to the Erdem show that was going on at that very moment. Or, at least, that was about to start.

And so I sat. The models weren’t very good, I have to say – a lot of head-bobbing, a lot of knock-knees, a lot of bad makeup and worse skin. But they were amateurs (I must presume), so I forgave and, um, will soon forget. The clothes, though, they were glorious – florals, beautiful fabrics, strong cuts with ladylike accents. And this season’s collection is no different – sumptuous fabrics, delicious florals, really interesting shapes married with entirely wearable items. In a way I think it’s a pity that Erdem went the high fashion route, when I feel like he could do so well as a more accessible label, a more high street name, although I guess if you can aim high, you do. So fair dues.

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