Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Kristian Aadnevik...

Here's a bit about Kristians background from his website -

''Hailed by Sunday Times Style Colin McDowell and Elle magazines as one of the UK’s hottest and exciting young talents, British designer Kristian Aadnevik unveiled his sixth collection, Valerie, at London Fashion Week’s A/W 2007-08 shows.
Since breaking away from Charles Jourdan last year to concentrate on his own design label, Kristian Aadnevik has attracted attention from high profile clients, including The Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit and UK solo artist Jamelia, who wears a selection of Kristian’s dresses for her latest album cover and music videos.
The A/W 07 collection “ Valerie ” inspired by “ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders ” draws on Kristian’s love for the mystery, superstition and romance of ancient Gothic tales.
“This is a surreal dream of a dream: naive beauty meets vampires and lusty priests in a strange orgy of intrigues” Kristian Aadnevik
Part fairy tale, part Gothic horror, “Valerie” contrasts wickedness with innocence using tightly sculptured layers with floating drape in deep shades of indigo, electric blue, metallic silver dove and black. The collection features smouldering dresses in soft chiffons, shimmering silk jersey and layered metallic leather jewelled with large silver pendants; cropped jackets with intricate shoulder detailing and flourished collars; voluminous waist-pinched coats crafted in luxurious fabrics and full length evening gowns adorned with ruffled suede, silver chains and majestic feathers.
Kristian Aadnevik, is a 29 year old Norwegian and has an MA from London’s Royal College of Art (2002) and a background in tailoring. He set up his own label in 2004. His collections bordering on couture have a dark edge contrasting volume and embellishment with sharp tailoring, slim cut silhouette and refined detailing using the finest materials. During his years at RCA he won several awards and worked as a design assistant for Alexander McQueen. Aadnevik has designed collections for several respected international labels including chief-designer for Charles Jourdan Paris, for Japan. ''

I turned up to 55 New Oxford street in anticipation of the new collection for s/s 08 in plenty of time. No one around. No sign of any evidence of a show until several black cabs turned up and a lovely lady with a clipboard. Change of venue - last minute hitch. We were indiviually escorted to a new venue in the swish cabs, pap pipe versions of madonna songs being played in the taxi. Tranquil.
I arrive at the new venue, Hedges and Butler, off Regents street. How random I'm thinking, to change venue's - I wonder what the set will be like now... it's out doors! In the street! Down an alley way is chairs neatly lined up, dj set up, a bar, photographers area... all down a trendy little alley way! I help my self to a glass of wine or 3...
The show begins...
I'm not usually breathtaken by a performance of new work, but there was something in the air that cold Sunday afternoon. The last minute change of scenery, being personally escorted, created a drama about it - and I loved it.
The clothes were stunning. Beyond beautiful. A sexy black, grey, pearly purple and feathered pallette worked perfectly in the rough urban setting, a real contrast, models carefully avoiding puddles and gutters in their pale purple shiny platform heels.
The feather dresses towards the end of the show were particularly stunning, as were the breast and high waist structured belt features of other outfits, like this -
Here are some images curtesy of getty -

Stunning breast plate detail here, love it.

Gorgeous eh?!

See more images from this collection very soon at - More on him, and his Dinatella Versace colleboration very soon.

M x

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