SPRING / SUMMER 2012
For SS12 Holly Fulton has produced a collection for the lady that having blown her annual budget takes a vacation a little closer to home. In full holiday spirit and dressed for Vegas – she hits Margate. A keen eye on the arcades, indulging in the plethora of fruit machines and casinos, her handbag is decidedly ready to hoard any winnings. She frolics between gaudy neon lights and saccharine sands, asserting her right to be a bathing belle, and is not adverse to a donkey ride either.
This latest collection draws inspiration from Slim Aarons’ photographs of the US poolside scene from the late 1960s and 70s, the Albertus Seba Cabinet of Curiosities and Margate’s Deco Lido. Colour references echo soft, aged pastels inspired by 1980s pin ball machines, through to the vibrant-pop of Fiorucci fused with monochrome chessboards and checks. With a nod to signature Pucci and the decadence of early Versace circa 1990, prints are layered and embellished to create a look reminiscent of seaside souvenirs. Shell encrusted jewellery and bags, insets of shell laminate in a variety of plastics and Perspex blend to sit perfectly with Holly’s graphic aesthetic creating a visually striking yet harmonious collection. The resulting look is a hybrid Shelley Winters/C.Z.Guest decked out in head-to-toe nineties-esque Versace paired with excessive nautical jewellery and a hint of Sharon Stone in Scorsese’s Casino.
The collection is a joyous celebration of contemporary materials and design sprinkled with considerable frivolity and tongue in cheek elements. Signature cuts, considered placement and elaborate beading result in a striking and refreshing collection. All detailing executed with an air of luxury and consolidation of colour, forming the bold aesthetic with which the Holly Fulton label has become synonymous.
The lovely Thandie Newton hosted the launch of the British Designers Collective at Bicester Village yesterday, guests included Harold Tillman CBE and Chairman of the British Fashion Council.
Thandie Newton: “I am delighted to be working with Bicester Village supporting young British Designers. The British Designers Collective is such an innovative way of giving new talent such an important ‘window’ “
Holly Fulton: “The BDC offers a great opportunity for new designers like myself to retail their excess stock to a huge consume audience-its a fantastic opportunity and one that has generated great revenue in the past for those participating. I am always keen to be involved with my contemporaries in group endeavours and to be honest, I am a bit of a fan of Bicester so it validates a day trip-purely for research purposes naturally!”
Jonathan Saunders: “The BFC are extremely supportive of British talent and this pop up store is a great opportunity for young designers to showcase collections not normally available to them. Bicester Village has become a massive success promoting many of the biggest fashion houses today and we are really happy to be part of this project”
Spotted! The above far right left dress. What a gorgeous mix of reds in this tie die number. I like very much!
Harold Tillman Chairman of the British Fashion Council CBE: “The British Fashion Council is pleased to announce our collaboration with Bicester Village on the ‘British Designers Collective’ store. As an organisation it has always been top of the agenda to offer British designers support and commercial direction in order to grow their businesses. We feel that this scheme is a very exciting opportunity for the designers involved.
HOLLY FULTON AUTUMN/ WINTER 2011
Kiss me Quick, Squeeze me Slow – Holly Fulton pays tribute to the powers of love, romance and the magic of seduction in a mesmerising collection rich with sumptuous texture, hand worked detail and surrealist graphic reveries.
Here are a selection of images from her superb show …
The period Coco Chanel spent in Fulton’s native Scotland in the throes of an intense love affair with the Duke of Westminster is inspiration for Fulton’s romantic journey. Bespoke hand woven tweeds in bold yellow, ivory and black threaded with snakeskin and velvet ribbon create easy ‘shrug-on chic’ jackets, and embellished shift dresses with sumptuous devore inserts and Mongolian fur trims.
There is a sultry yet surreal air to eveningwear with a psychedelic ‘hand & gun’ and ‘lips smoking’ print on beautifully cut engineered print palazzo pant and silk columns that are hung from crystal, python, and patent neckpieces. Jewellery as an integral part of clothes, and accessories that are covered in jewels have become a Fulton signature since her debut collection in 2009. Azure, teal, chrome yellow and black tones, smoke grey black and red underline the dramatic yet playful undercurrent of Fulton’s aesthetic.
Holly Fulton has collaborated with Swarovski for the 5th season in the inventive crystal embellishments that include ‘coral’ fringing, facetted domes mirrored pieces and Pollock like splashes that ‘ drip’ down the shoulders and décolleté of stunning, siren evening gowns. The richness of 3-D detail wrought in trompe l’oeil prints, appliqué, devore and kinetic trims create a new chapter of bold, modern luxury.