MARK FAST AT LFW
The fashion team at Slashstroke magazine are clearly on the side of the knitter,in our current issue we feature Electronic Sheep and Tim Ryan, both dedicated to yarn. The basic premise that a garment can be knitted suggest endless possibilities for shape, construction and texture and Canadian born Mark Fast is certainly pushing those boundaries. His second outing for London Fashion Week was a hotly anticipated show and indeed everyone wanted to be there, as we found out in the effort it took to get a ticket. Making bold statements in texture, proportions and placement Fast is giving knitwear a new edge, a slightly raw, revealing and exposed element allowing him to compete for interest amongst the other hot new stars who are blazing a trail of fabric juxtapositions and experimentation’s.
Mixing variations of wools and Lycra Fast creates a meshy pin tucked texture that can expand and move much like an accordion, what is extraordinary is on the hanger it looks like a tiny shrunken boiled vest but on the wearer, or at least on the models you see the precision detail in what is revealed , which bits of flesh exposed, which part of the anatomy should an open panel run along. It is in these elements that you get an indication of concepts beyond texture, indeed many Knit wear designers struggle with S/S but Fast has embraced seasonal demands by adding an option of knitted lingerie inspired pieces, you now don’t need to buy a bra and a top, you can have the new knitbratop. This collection featured suede embellishments, like cascading shells, (a detail spotted on quite a few ranges), crystals bead caught in fine gauge tubing and panels and feather trimmed dresses. All texture and strategically revealed flesh does make a slightly limited silhouette but perhaps there is no harm in being two seasons in and having a signature look of tight fitted knitted dresses, that will surely please his growing fan base, but the real excitement is in where all this can go next from a designer so new on the scene and so hungry to prove a knitted point.