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Ossie Clark London Debut Collection Revealed
Ossie Clark relaunches on January 22 in Debenhams and we have the entire collection here to show you exclusively. The label's new creative director, Nicolas Georgiou - who previously worked with Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano - was given access to the Seventies designer's rich archives, from back catalogues to original patterns and sketches. The new line goes on sale today at ossieclarklondon.co.uk.
"These sources inspired me to learn about the shape, cut and fabrication used on the original designs," said Georgiou. "The new range will have all the necessities of on-trend fashion but keeping with the DNA of Ossie Clark. It's going to be accessible to everyone who loves fashion, bringing them something genuinely unique with beautiful fabrics, a fabulously rich heritage and a wealth of design."
Giorgiou set about incorporating comfortable contemporary fabrics and digital printing techniques with Clark's signature styles. The famous spiral-cut maxi dress (which is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum), has inspired a new version, as has the maxi moss crepe dress, which has been created in a sleeker shape - with a higher neckline and less billowing sleeves.
"It is modern, feminine and romantic, as was the original Ossie Clark," explained Giorgiou. "However, it is not an exact homage to the late brand or a complete replication of the original vintage styles - that would defeat the object of a successful modern day business. By looking at the key shapes and utilising the lines, drape and gathers of the original sketches, I feel Ossie Clark London has created the look of where the label might have been if it had continued to trade today."
With sizes from 8 to 18 and prices between £49 and £189, the label has been reinvented with a democratic ethos in mind. The collection will sit alongside Debenhams' current stable of designer collaborators, including Preen, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab.
"The concept behind this was to rebuild a beautiful label, made available to the masses," said Giorgiou. "Ossie Clark did the same thing himself back in the Sixties and Seventies, when he launched Ossie Clark for Radley, making London style available to thousands by bringing his signature couture look to the high street. The current worldwide economic market is tough and fashion need not be safe or predictable to be affordable."
By Ella Alexander for Vogue.co.uk
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