Beelicious bling

Wednesday 19 September 2012



Manic mayhem Monday began with a bright and early presentation at Fred Butler. The collection, entitled A Bee in My Bonnet, With a Honey Hair Comb, was dedicated to a hip hop honey bee muse. Four queen bees rocked handcrafted bling, consisting of patchwork gold work on hexagon-based jewellery, body armour and headpieces, adorned with daisies and holographic petals. For the first time, Butler did bags, with bumble-bee backpacks, bumbags and money purses. It was a fantastical collision between brash hip hop and genteel bee-keeping. Butler has also collaborated with Elisha Smith-Leverock to bring this ghetto hive to life in a film that is backed by an exclusive buzzing track from Two Inch Punch.

Later in the day, Craig Lawrence encouraged the audience to snap away. Much of his collection was knitted from reflective yarn – inspired by the phosphorescent plankton that glow vividly in the ocean at night – so with the flash of a camera the collection took on an ethereal neon glow. In keeping with the underwater theme, the shapes evoked the undulating curves of a jellyfish, and optical fibres sprouting from Kyototex knits created the effect of a shimmering waterfall. It gave a whole new meaning to the idea of going from day to night.

It’s a pity that today is The Daily‘s last issue for this LFW, as tomorrow there’s more to come, with some off-kilter surprises at knitwear duo Leutton Postle and tracksuit reinventor Myrza de Muynck. Just a few more people to add to the ‘ones to watch’ list for next season’s LFW.

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