Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sequins & Style: British Couturier Nicholas Oakwell and the Influence of 1970s Nightlife

A few days before Paris haute couture fashion week started, British designer Nicholas Oakwell presented his own collection in the ballroom at Claridges Hotel. 'We're flying the flag for British couture. It's all made in Britain and a lot of the models were British, too'.

I am completely in love with his designs -  inspired by the jewellery house Grima, established in the 1960s. Andrew Grima created the beautiful jewellery for 1967 movie Casino Royale, starring Ursula Andress...

Other points of reference include the New York nightlife of the 1970s, the work of artist Franz Klein and 1978 movie Eyes of Laura Mars starring Faye Dunaway. Have a look at this amazing promo clip for its original release. The costumes are unbelievable... 

This particular sense of glamour comes through in Oakwell's collection. The designer is noted for his heavily-beaded evening gowns. 

Here is the back of the same gown. Love the disco-luxe hairstyle... 

Photo: Reem Kanj

Here is the video of the entire AW12 couture collection, styled by Gianluca Longo. The beaded evening dresses begin around 4.20...

If you love this look but can't quite justify the couture price tag, we have something very similar in the boutique at the moment: an original 1960s silvery-blue sequin gown by Harrods Atelier. 

Click here to view this dress in our online store.

We have another vintage sequin gown in stock, Dark Side of the Moon. 

 Click here to view this dress in our online store.

I'm going to post about Studio 54-inspired eveningwear later this month - in the meantime enjoy the stunning finale from Oakwell's SS2012 show: 

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