THE FULL REPORT: CRAIG LAWRENCE

Leave all notions of comfy farmhouse knits at the door because Craig Lawrence stormed into town and turned the fashion world on its head!

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From the models’ neon orange eye make-up and nails right down to the vertiginous heels they wore, nothing about this show was ordinary. The designers’ pieces clung tight, ruffled up and laddered down in a thunder of dramatic knits and purls that we want to cram into our wardrobe as soon as possible.

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 A slash neck dress with ribbing effect tumbled from the waist, looking lighter than air, while a long sleeve cardie was belted, its high-shine gaping stitches belying its weight. Lawrence’s deliciously dishevelled signature style shone through, with thumb holes on jumpers and shreddings on leggings; gossamer thin panels or loosely knitted holes gave even the chunkiest pieces that feminine delicacy that’s made this designer one of the style set’s favourites.

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Lawrence’s penchant for Kyototex yarns – the metallic-wrapped strings that he designs with – was evidenced in a palette of deepest black and inky midnight blue and in pieces as disparate as a heavily structured jacket, bandeau party pieces, a barely-there dress and even a cascading veil. Texture was key, patterns were bold, and we left in utter bewilderment at what one man can do with a ball of wool!