Antoni & Alison at LFW




London Fashion Week’s opening show this year was the fantastically creative Antoni (Burakowski) and Alison (Roberts). The duo met whilst studying at Central Saint Martins which explains a lot of their artistic style of designing. Rather than designing a collection of clothes, Antoni and Alison focus more on the artwork that comes before production. They will collage anything and everything including bin bags, paper bags, felt, sequins and broken glass, and then use a flattened scanned image of their creation to print on silk for “flat dresses”. The pair who find their inspiration in tearooms, explain: “we are interested in portraying a raw idea in its simplest form.”

The A/W’12 collection is comprised of above-the-knee T shirt dresses, long sleeved maxis and sleeveless shifts; each with a unique print inspired by the haphazard concoction of their collages. Surprisingly some of the more effective 2D images came from bin bags, which gave the material a matte PVC look, as well as the chaotic smashed glass. Juxtaposing textures was key on many dresses, where extra –large sequins were seen with scrunched up paper bags and block coloured panels with sketchy graphic drawings or loose watercolour designs. Some dresses gave the illusion of feminine silhouettes through the clever placing of printed ruched material and belt imagery. Antoni and Alison’s work really is like art in the sense that there is much more to it than originally meets the eye. They use clothing as a canvas for their creations apposed to other deigners who use material to form their vision. There’s something a little backward to their approach to fashion design which would other wise be perfectly natural in the art world; either way I love them.

My favourite has to be the floor length dress which appears to be a sparkling gold sequinned skirt with a cropped tux jacket, shirt and bow tie, fantastic.