By Emete Yarici
It’s a number of days before London Fashion Week, so far I am calm and have my schedule all planned out, outfits, well that’s another matter, think bomb site and that should be the overall feel of my wardrobe after I attempt to put together outfits for the week, but for the designers behind the shows, nerves are high and sleep is low, yet somehow at the end of it all these designers produce stunning shows with beautiful collections oozing with talent. One of those designers this year is Derek Lawlor.
Having graduated from Central St Martins, his MA collection sparked much interest from the fashion press, he is one of the few students that graduates to have found his own style and totally unique methods of producing edgy and innovative knitwear.
Today he released a preview statement of what to expect from his new collection:
“Inspired by the texture and colour of John Piper’s paintings, Lawlor builds on the densely intricate, structural aesthetic of his debut, fusing more traditional cabling and intarsia elements with modern fabrics and weaving techniques.
Softly feminine cashmere, mohair and moleskin are layered with waxed cotton cord in a palette of moody blues, greys with a splash of bold colour to create a collection of versatile separates and stand out pieces that offer an edgy, innovative take on bespoke knitwear for the modern woman.
The AW10 collection is a development of Derek’s signature cord technique, moving on from Japanese body armour he has been inspired by art deco architecture. Focusing on the different patterns and geometric shapes, Derek has transformed his cording technique to a much more refined and sophisticated aesthetic. Derek was also inspired from the paintings of John Piper,
” I really love the textures which explode from his paintings” .I wanted to introduce the idea of different textures within my new collection. Combining mohair, Cashmere, Mole Skin and Wax Cotton has allowed me to manipulate different compositions and produce sculptural pieces to offer an edgy, modern take on bespoke knitwear.”
-Derek Lawlor on his A/W2010 collection”
You can see more of Derek’s work here: