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2012 LFW Report Day 1: Corrie Nielsen’s Floral Paradise

Last night I attended my first LFW Launch party (courtesy of Felicities PR), rubbing shoulders with many ‘who is who’ of the fashion world. While statuesque models roamed around in latest designer creations, stylists, designers, bloggers, editors and other fashionastas, like myself, sipped cocktails and talked about much anticipated events in the next several days. (Originally published on

Today the LFW has officially kicked off and we were there to report on who wore what and the shows we have seen so far. The legendary Somerset House with its LFW tent and other venues draws most stylish people from all over London and beyond. Among some truly fashionable individuals there were also ones who were dressed for the shock value and attention of the cameras. Also, I was amazed to see the prominence bloggers are given now at such events. There was even a separate accreditation line for bloggers, most of whom were young women equipped with a camera in one hand and an iPad or laptop in another. The crowd could be easily divided into the ones who are taking pictures and ones who are posing for them!
With a line-up of designers like Maria Grachvogel, Bora Aksu, Eudon Choi, Jean-Pierre Braganza among many on day 1, we were particularly excited to see the show by Corrie Nielsen, an American designer based in London. Already familiar with her A/W 2012 designs, some of which AGI Magazine featured in our second issue’s fashion editorial, I wondered what her outlook for S/S 2013 would be.

Named Florilegium in Latin, the collection was inspired by the flora and architecture of the beloved London’s Kew Gardens. Accompanied with the soothing sounds of nature, models strutted the runway in light and feminine garments structured and folded to resemble flower petals, sepals, anthers, stamen and palm leaves. Using silk, organza and other luxurious fabrics in the shades of crème, light blue, pink and grey, the collection was Nielsen’s interpretation of botanical wonders, which she presented with a modern twist using structured silhouettes and superb garment tailoring and creative headpieces.

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