Photos by Ronen Shapiro
September 21, 2009
It was a mad dash from Matthew Williamson to Graeme Black’s Savile Row fashion week space, but alas the show was held for many a late editor. Black has been steadily (but surely) building a well-to-do fan base since striking out on his own (the designer was at Giorgio Armani for seven years), and this season’s Indian maharajah-themed affair was just the kind of ensembles to keep the ladies-who-lunch entertained. Standouts were the prints and rich reds and acid greens cast on shantung silk, cut-out leathers and drapey jersey. At the very least, the new takes on lady-like blouses, jodhpurs and asymmetrical didn’t feel like they were rehashed by some other designer along the way, and in the fashion world, that stands as quite an accomplishment.