22
Sep
2010

Kinder Aggugini Goes Native at LFW

With endless stimulation and inspiration surrounding our fair designers, it’s amazing what some of them land upon to rouse an entire collection. For Kinder Aggugini, it was a 200 year-old book written by a Scottish explorer who really, really liked Africa.

Not that exciting yet? Well what if this besotted explorer disappeared on his expedition, only to be heard about again through rumours in some of the most remote parts of the continent? Kinder thinks this is the particularly cool part: transforming, becoming one with your surroundings and absorbing your environment.

Consequently, this was more than safari. These pieces had knowing shapes and used prints and drapery inspired by African culture. Simple silhouettes and easy-to-wear linen trousers and shirt dresses in earthy tones were complimented with tribal neck-pieces and heavy hoop earrings.

Slowly, the muted palette became more vibrant with bright African-inspired prints and exotic silk dresses made out of single pieces of fabric. Like the author of the book (the Scottish guy? Pay attention!), the collection adopted more and more of the local customs and became native.

Adopting the craft of African garment-making was an important aspect for Kinder, who cut his teeth on Savile Row. Having worked for John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and in the house of Versace, he’s a romanticist with impeccable attention to detail.

Earlier shows this week have felt less season-orientated, with cuts and colours that wouldn’t look out of place on an autumn/winter catwalk. So Kinder’s escape to Africa was a sunny treat (even if some onlookers were feeling the burn after partying for days on end).

One more thing – perched on some of the models’ sandy hair were quirky hats made from what looked like cardboard and parcel tape. Was this the new-age explorer fashioning something with the tools he had to hand? Or was it a comment on Africa itself? You’ll have to ask top milliner Stephen Jones to get to the bottom of that one.

www.stephenjonesmillinery.com

www.aggugini.com

Photo by Artee-Lynne Mamawag

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