Florida born Corrie Nielsen really blew us away with her stunning and staggeringly beautiful designs this year at LFW. Corrie moved to London in 2000 and was a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art. From 2000-2006 she worked for Vivienne Westwood. Her work with Vivienne has allowed her to become an audacious designer in her own right. Corrie was in her element this year with the strong Florilegium botanical themed collection we also witnessed some fascinating sculptural shapes. Corrie's collection had the audience captivated from the outset, most of the attendees in the show were on the edge of their seats. The collection was visionary, bold and unusual. Some of the outfits and dresses were literally like big flowers about to blossom or large, layered petals in coils of roses. Her showpieces were highly regarded and desirable. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the gorgeous and extravagant volume, avant-garde structured dress it was just so big! I couldn't believe my eyes when I gazed over some of the dress coats, they had round backs and coarse looking shoulder work. Precision was definitely factored in to this collection. One of FashionThirst's favourite pieces was the startling, tropical dress. The leaf work was intricate in essence and the bodice glowed sporadically. The dusky pink silk number was accompanied by a flamboyant headdress and let's not forget those pretty little dip dyed dresses and twist cut trousers, all these cuts in addition to the large overskirts and avante garde dresses had us all mesmerised. We gasped at each entrance on to the catwalk. The chins were wagging immediately after the grande finale. This was certainly a showpiece of a collection that will go down in LFW history and to think this was inspired by a quick trip to Kew Botanical Gardens in South West London! Perhaps we should all visit the Garden of Eden from time to time to fully appreciate her inspirations and visual projections. Corrie also mentioned after the show that she transferred actual blueprints of plants in to sculpted designs. Corrie equals talent.
Written by Monica P Cummings .Ba Hons .MA
Photographer Christopher Dadey