London Fashion Week Report: Hannah Marshall

Bubbles Gilmour

This London Fashion Week, we've managed to wrangle East End designers and girls-about-town Nova Dando and Bubbles Gilmour to report on the madness from their loft in Shoreditch and the tents of  Somerset House. We consider this somewhat of a coup, as Nova and Bubbles are two of the most sought after London duo since Peaches and Pixie! Here, Bubbles speaks to designer Hannah Marshall.

I love designer Hannah Marshall's gothic creations and used her previous collection for a show I styled at the Victoria and Albert museum. This is the best use of black velvet I have seen this season, and the slashes and caging gave it a glamourous, sinister side whilst the shiny blue pouts and silver shiny power shoulders kept it futuristic and fierce. It's no surprise that department stores around the world have started to carry the brand, including Harrods in London, Luisa Via Roma in Florence, and 10 Corso Como in Seoul. I caught up with Marshall recently to talk about her Fall 2010 Grace Jones-inspired line and what we can expect from her next.

Who and what was your inspiration for the show?
The optical illusions created by legendary art director Jean-Paul Goude in his iconic imagery of Grace Jones. Goude's pioneering photographic manipulation paired with Jones's sleek androgyny was the inspiration for the show.

Was there a particular show highlight for you?
To have everyone there to support me for my first On-Schedule show including Erin O'Connor, Roisin Murphy, Jaime Winstone, Colin Mcdowell, Sarah Mower and Kate Lanphear.

What excites you the most about London Fashion Week?
Being apart of London Fashion Week makes me proud to be British. The capital comes alive during Fashion Week and it's an amazing place to show your collection and to witness new, fresh talent.

What plans do you have for your label over the next six months?
Now that we have shown the collection in London, we're taking the collection to Paris for sales appointments and then to New York for press days at the Soho Grand penthouse with other designers from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise and the British Fashion Council. I'm in talks about some exciting collaborations that we are planning to come to fruition within the next six months.

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