Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Telegraph - Tamsin Blanchard

London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012 live blog day two

Follow all the action from London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012 as it happens. Today: Get excited about Simone Rocha; Moschino Cheap and Chic makes its LFW debut; OMG Stella McCartney's in town, and more...
12:40 Drawing in Light
Draw in Light is a collection of screenprinted dresses by two print designers, Polly Wilkinson and Harriet Barford. When they were approached on Monday by the intuitive Justine Fairgrieve of Relative MO PR and offered a space in her London Fashion Week showcase, they jumped at the chance and staged an impromptu life drawing class with artists wearing their beautiful, ethereal silk print dresses inspired by nature and flora and fauna.

The designers have known each other since their mothers met at an ante natal class. They both went to Brighton to do silk screen print for fashion, and set up in a studio together printing T-shirts and spraying jeans. Their work was spotted at the Liberty 'Open Call' three years ago, and has been selling out ever since.
The presentation was an oasis of calm as the artists drew three models, while Harriet's 91-year-old grandfather watched the proceedings.
"He has invested in the company, and that's how we started up," said Harriet who, with Polly still prints and makes everything they sell. "My grandparents used to show me William Morris prints as a child." He must have felt very proud. - Tamsin Blanchard, Telegraph Magazine.

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