Friday, 28 February 2014

floaty frocks for streetwise girls

London is universally known as the cradle of inventive designers
who dare to jump with both feet into the cutthroat world
of high-end fashion with a wealth of talent and knowledge: 
Michael Power is another Irish rising designer to watch
coming out from Central Saint Martins. No institution
can take more credit for the existence of gifted budding
designers than CSM so it's small wonder that the 
Academy's MA collections open the fall-winter shows.

”As tradition dictates, London's young designers move
within the wild - calling some of these garments
'showpieces' would be an understatement - but on a
business savvy London fashion scene that has a good
as abandoned the weird for the wearable, it's hard to
judge the MA collections without considering their

 commercial viability” Danish-born fashion writer
Anders Christian Madsen unerringly remarked
reporting on the runway shows for,
the award-winning website founded 
and directed by Nick Knight.

In a first for an Irish student, Dublin's National College
of Art and Design fashion graduate Michael Power, jointly
won (with Ondrej Adamek) the award for best collection
at CSM's MA fashion show at London fashion week with
his handcrafted womenswear collection. The winner of
'L'Oreal Professionel Creative Award' hails from the
Clonattin area of Gorey, Wexford county and interned
with Vivienne Westwood before completing his MA.

Inspired by Native American Hopi kachina dolls - the
artworks known under this name are in truth stylized
religious icons carved from cottonwood root and painted
to represent figures from the Hopi mythology and not
native-made dolls for children - Juggalos and the art
of French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, Power's
dark tribal RTW AW14 collection showed handcrafted
dresses in which countless glass beads were trapped
between layers of tulle draped around the body.
Tomboyish models clomped down the runway in tall
covered boots wearing layered black sheer dresses
with elongated sleeves covered with graffiti-like
brushstrokes and markings and weighted with flexible
tubing in white, yellow and blue shades. 'Showpieces'
that lead to eagerly await Power's next steps.

> all images © by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD <

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