Showing a mirage-allous, eye popping array of tropically inspired tones and colours, Mark Fast’s refined and divine SS12 collection was centred around movement and form. Bold, exciting and fresh, a direct reflection of Mark’s attitude right now, each piece emulated the motion of a sandstorm with delicate consideration. Embellished with gold fringing and feather printed neoprene, oranges, pinks, yellows and golds sashayed fluidly down the runway to the graceful and ghostly sounds of Gil Scott Heron and The Knife. Casting a diverse array of models, some girls fronted feminine curves whilst others appeared more elfin and boyish, with the intention of demonstrating the versatility his label allows.
Fast told i-D online: “The type of women who wear my work are chameleons, my clothes work on many different types of women.” Citing Jen Brill as his muse, the Canadian born, London based designer envisioned a poetic narrative, which spawned the starting point for this collection. Progressing and diversifying the trademark aesthetic Fast has become know for, whilst remaining true to the routes by which he has established his award winning label, next season is all about the Fast lane!
i-D online caught up with him post-show…
What was the starting point for the collection? It’s based on the idea of a woman walking through the desert, things that she sees on the way, mirages.
What was the primary reference for that? It was a David Lachapelle photo, it’s a picture of Jesus in front of grafitti with fish and a bunch of people in the photo.
Is there a particular woman who’s inspiring you right now? Jen Brill, from New York. Her attitude and her intelligence is quite stunning.
What’s next for you now? Dinner with my family!
Text: Milly McMahon