10.30 am…on a Sunday. I’m up, dressed and in central London, albeit in a barely awake zombie state. The occasion is the Marcus Constable show, held in Libertys for London Fashion Week. I wasn’t overly familiar with Marcus’ background, but he seemed like an intriguing character. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins almost 15 years ago, with his entire collection being snapped up my Libertys, Marcus gained sponsorship by Topshop. He then left London in 2001 for various stints in Paris, returning with his Autumn/Fall 09 collection, which Grazia raved about, naming him one of their ‘One to Watch’ designers.
Constable’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection is simple with clean lines, but with enough subtle fabric-fold origami to stop it from being boring. The beautiful pleating is a continuation from his Autumn 09 collection, and works perfectly with the blue-grey and monochrome palette to create a fresh and delicate look for Spring. The only thing I disliked about the show were the shoes, men’s shoes by Beatrix Ong. Shoes aside, I loved the collection. The manipulation of fabric and casual layering are definitely looks I will be trying next year.