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London Fashion Week: Louise Amstrup’s AW11 Catwalk Show

London Fashion Week: Louise Amstrup’s AW11 Catwalk Show

Louise Amstrup's catwalk Aw11Louise Amstrup, AW11 London Fashion WeekLouise Amstrup, AW11 London Fashion WeekLouise Amstrup, AW11 London Fashion Week Louise Amstrup’s AW11 collection was clear and structured, with bold colour blocking in a palette of black, grey, navy, dusty blue, maroon and acid yellow amid slashes of patent leather.

Key pieces included a coarse wool coat in melange grey with patent leather detailing, a patent leather dress with wool and georgette side panelling and a dirty plum merino dress with panes of prints on silk and patent leather.

Drawing inspiration from American youth rebellion, the collection called ‘Born Bad’ channelled the character of Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers. Knox, played by the iconic real-life radical Juliette Lewis, serves as the muse for Amstrup this autumn/winter.

Fabulous 1940’s, gangster-style hats, designed by Noel Stewart, were worn with skull caps tied around the neck to create a Quaker sub-text, alluding to the theme of religion and rebellion.

Louise Amstrup said: “I wanted to create strong statement pieces. The collection is inspired by rebel movements like Zoot Suit riots in 1940’s America. I wanted to explore the theme of rebel as a religion.”

Eponymous shoe designer Behnaz Kanani, who attended the show, said: “I would wear all of the collection, it is light, colourful and I have loved everything I’ve seen. The space is amazing, it’s very private and cosy and I love the fact it’s on Mercer Street, it has a real New York kind of feel.”

Backstage Beauty

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Backstage, Louise Amstrup is busy readying her rebel-inspired collection, which kicked off Saturday’s show line up at London Fashion Week.

Luckily, Louise and her team were doing a great job of keeping any potential uprisings under control. In fact, considering there was only 10 minutes to go, the atmosphere in wardrobe was astoundingly serene.

Perhaps the team hadn’t had time for their morning coffee yet – bagging the first slot on Saturday involved an early start.

Despite this, everyone behind the scenes of the first show looked fresh faced and ready for action.

Heading up the make-up team was Ayami Nishimura, who created a bold look with dark matt eyes and high-gloss rich plum lips.

She said: “Louise wanted a strong, statement make-up style but portrayed elegantly. We went for defined eyes and vibrant lips and little else – only powder to give the skin a matt finish.”

Nishimura added the high-definition gloss aimed to compliment Louise’s use of patent leather in her collection.

FashionBite Reporters Emily Seares and Amy Golding xx

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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