The Real Runway's favourite technicolour wizardress, Fred Butler brought an injection of riotous colour to Somerset House's Portico rooms yesterday. Her short and oh-so-candy sweet salon show alongside the soundtrack provided exclusively for Butler by Charlie XCX was fun, playful and touchable - basically Rainbow Brite on Acid. Her classic origami formations were teamed with interwoven Fair Isle knits and pastel leotards, playfully contrasting soft and hard shapes and textured quilting.
Something of a super-sharp fashion polymath, Butler also designs and produces sets, props and furniture hire for editorial shoots and thus, she never misses a trick. Minute detail attention was given to the models from tip to toe. With candy hued hair adorned with signature intricate geometric head pieces and interwoven rope bands, to eyepopping nails adorned with cute sushi patterns by Marian Newman. The detailing didn't end there with Butler collaborating with newcomer Rosy Nicolas for another season on footwear. The beautiful pastel knit stilettos with neat micro ankle socks underscored Butler's homespun, crafty aesthetic.
The omnipresent multi-colour sailors knots almost gave a sense of a nautical rainbow paradise; a look that Butler is no stranger to. Butler continues to grow from season to season with her wearablity and craftsmanship becoming increasingly more polished and honed. Always our first port of call for a dose of colourful cheery joy, the Queen of Rainbows continues to go from strength to strength.
Posted on February 21, 2012 at 12:10:23 by Alice Nyong