Fringe was a huge story on the Mark Fast Spring 2013 runway, but not in the way you would expect it. Fringe has never been so funky — floor-sweeping fringe capes, fringe vests, fringe wraps, bell-sleeve fringe minidresses, and sheer fringe dresses dominated. Other standouts included a high-low anorak, colorful cutout minidresses, netted skirts, sheer dresses, and matching cardigan and miniskirt sets. Gaudy gold baubles, including chain necklaces and oversize hoop earrings, as well as short frowy hairdos added to the unapologetic drama.
>> Mark Fast offered up a romantic take on grunge for Fall 2012, imbibing his signature knits with elements plucked straight from the '90s: halters, cutouts, midi skirts, and crop tops. Cashmere and mohair — in a dreamy palette of pink, blush, beige, and cream — kept the collection looking luxe, while playful elements like pom-pom fringe and wide-gauge mesh kept everything feeling fresh.
>> With just over a month before New York Fashion Week, show news is already starting to trickle in. For the first time, Tory Burch, Marchesa, and Timo Weiland are all said to be ditching presentations for runway shows; Mark Fast is showing his Faster line in New York instead of London this season; and now, J.Crew is on the preliminary schedule for what appears to be a presentation on the morning of Sept. 13. [FashionEtc.]
>> Alessandra Ambrosio has taken a couple of turns on the Spring 2011 catwalks — the latest was at Giles, where she wore her bread and butter: a bikini. "I wake up and read [show stylist] Katie [Grand]'s message on my phone — 'Are you okay wearing a bikini?'" she told The Cut. "I had to think second thoughts about what I was going to have for breakfast. [But] I'm like, 'I guess.' Because I'm Brazilian and I do Victoria's Secret, it wouldn't be polite to say I'm not okay. As long as it's not a G-string, I'm okay. I'm a mom now: I can't [do G-strings]." See Ambrosio, Jessica Stam, and more doing the backstage thing during London Fashion Week — we've got snaps from Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto, Pringle of Scotland, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique, and Vivienne Westwood.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has transported her residence from New York to London for the summer — "My boyfriend [Robert Konjic] is in London, so I'm spending the summer here, I've been here for a couple of months now," she explained to Grazia — but the move hasn't slowed her down.
Style.com reports that Julia is the face of Lancome's forthcoming Spring collection, Ultra Lavande, and was shot by Mario Testino for the campaign. And she's also been acting as creative consultant for Mark Fast's lower-priced line, Faster; yesterday, she was on set for the line's Fall 2010 lookbook shoot.
Mark Fast, the London-based Canadian-born designer of skintight knitwear, is launching a collection for Topshop on June 25.
Inspired by his own spring 2009 collection, Fast created five looks for the high street retailer—four dresses (three in black and one lilac) and a skirt in pale pink. In signature Fast fashion, each knitwear look is intricate and skin-revealing, with some new detailing—the piece at left features rubberized beading, and the lilac dress has tiny moth-like holes.
Prices may seem high at $300 until one remembers Fast's similar-looking hand-knit main line can retail for as much as $3,500. For those looking for something more in the middle range, Faster by Mark Fast, the designer's luxury basics label, is also available for the first time this season.