Erin O'Connor twirling in sequins delights Molly Goddard attendees - including Mayor Sadiq Khan
“My doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror…” said the show notes at Molly Goddard today. A favourite with fashion editors, the Molly Goddard show is known for the fun themes and outfits – it’s one of the busiest shows on the schedule.
With Erin O’Connor closing the show and Alexa Chung sitting FROW today, it’s easy to see why Molly Goddard is such a hot ticket but none of us expected to see Sadiq Khan in attendance. The London Mayor proudly sat next to Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council CEO, on the front row to support London-born Goddard.
Spot @SadiqKhan – sitting FROW & supporting London designer @MollyMGoddard at #LFW pic.twitter.com/IVYcw7fTWP
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Specialising in traditional hand-craft techniques such as hand-pleating and smocking, today’s collection kicked off with Edie Campbell, sashaying down the catwalk in one of Goddard’s well-known voluminous styles. However, the notable element on this opening look was the accessories – a large glass of wine and a cigarette.
This refreshing injection of reality set the tone for the rest of the show, with models dancing down catwalks, occasionally swaying without shoes – as if they’d been on a night of bubbles at the latest gallery opening, before heading on for a late-night steak.
This season’s Goddard woman was slightly more mature and relaxed (dare we say relatable?) compared to the young ladies seen at last season’s British Tea Party at the Tate Modern. Although tulle still remained in the collection, there was only one real, giant, fluffy creation in the form of a stunning black, layered ballgown.
Instead, we saw flashes of tulle being used as contrast, peeping out from voluminous skirts and against the standout sequinned fabric which featured clusters of sequins over a red underlay.
Molly Goddard also brought us our first glimpse of tailoring, with a sumptuous double-breasted navy blazer showing the collection taking on more structured elements. Smocks and frills were still strong though, but more wearable, with Goddard’s classic bell shape remaining a feature throughout.
The hair & makeup was free and lived-in with grungy 90’s eyes, mixed with nostalgic, natural curls – according to Luke Hersheson, creative director of John Frieda, they were inspired by ‘that girl at school who had amazing curly hair.’
Our favourite piece of the show? It has to be the finale piece – just MADE for spinning in.
Congratulations @mollymgoddard and Alice…. And gold star for featuring Tory Amos sound track in your show! #giveusatwirlgirl
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