Back in February Mark Fast was the name on everybody's lips - not so much for his collection of cobweb knitwear as for his choice of plus size models to wear it. His stylist stormed out and a media frenzy ensued. The debate about plus size models on the catwalk has still not died down, as more and more designers convert to booking bigger girls. Even Karl Lagerfeld, the champion of the skinny model, has signed-up Crystal Renn to star in a new Chanel ad campaign. Back to Fast, I was glad to see that he had not abandoned the cause of the plus size, as models with varying body shapes hit the catwalk. But enough of models - Fast's collection deserves discussion.
The collection was inspired by an oil slick and subsequent rejuvenation, so we see a progression from black to gradually more colourful pieces, and finally pure white. The cobweb knitwear Fast is becoming known for was very much evident, but my favourite pieces were those which incorporated fringing - the effect of the movement was stunning.
Mark Fast S/S '11