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Romantic and beautiful…..detailed and feminine, is what I adore in well made clothes. Alistair James exudes this in spades. The entire collection is well thought out, an OFM favorite for those casual evenings to meet a friend for a cocktail, or a light Sunday Brunch…easy, effortless and lovely.

 

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Alistair James is the eponymously named label of design duo Nicholas Alistair Walsh and David James Wise.

From their South London studio, the pair are focused on fable, whimsy and alluring textiles. Exploring an english sensibility, evoking characters in a balance of craft and consideration.

 

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Nicholas is a womenswear designer, born and raised in West Yorkshire. His world has been encompassed around textiles from a young age through his family links with theatre drapery. Alongside graduating BA womenswear in 2014, he has worked at both Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, making avant-garde pieces for shows and clients.

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David is a London born textiles designer and has been working for some of the worlds leading fashion houses, notably Alexander McQueen since 2010. During this time he has been honing his craft; working with a broad range of styles and methods of textile manipulation.

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Alistair James

l Lessing Street

London SE231DS

www.alistairjames.london

 

 

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The invitation read “front row only” and true to its inscription there was only front row seating at today’s fall 2016 Chanel show. To give everyone a front row seat, wooden-backed chairs, like the kind you’d find in an atelier, wrapped the entire length of Paris’ Grand Palais. (Invitations came with maps to help guests navigate the three separate entrances.)

That meant each model took a trip down a catwalk that ran well over a mile. One source tells us the runway added up to 1.6 miles (and that’s not including the finale walk). Thank goodness then that the shoes were incredibly practical: pink tweed wellies, flat knee high-boots, and the tiniest of kitten heels.

Yes, the length of the runway was remarkable. But for Karl Lagerfeld, who usually stages grand, Instagram-worthy themed shows, this show was notable in its simplicity: rows of chairs, beige carpeting, a recreation of a salon show of the past.

Nothing to distract from the clothes—classic tweed suits, sporty parkas, tent-like trenches, flowing frocks with corsetry details—which everyone could see up close from their front row seat. Nothing of course, except the celebrity models (Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid)…

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The show was almost sweet in its simplicity, such a departure from the normally flashy Chanel shows.

 

By: LEAH CHERNIKOFF