Thank god for the fact that most fashion shows and exhibitions start late. If that wasn’t the case, I might have ended up missing Christopher Beales “When the Crystal Crack’d” collection. As someone who is constantly at least 20 minutes late (I honestly don’t know how it happens… I think I’m faulty. I can’t read a map either), most of my travelling time is spent checking my watch, cursing traffic lights and having a nervous breakdown. But all’s well ends well and I made it to the Rag Factory in Brick Lane before the doors opened. Pheeew …
After 15 years of working with some of the biggest names in the business, Christopher Beales has managed to put together a 16 piece fashion exhibition, using a mixture of fabrics and metals, which sits on the boarder between fashion and art.
By combining traditional clothing materials such as silks, wool and leather, with elements such as aluminium, stones and crystal, Christopher manages to toughen up what would have been an already striking and feminine collection.
Using a full spectrum of colours from dusky rose to black, as well sharp asymmetrical shapes, Christopher ensure that his designs are both contemporary and startling… And judging by the enthusiastic and giddy reactions of the people around me, I’m not the only one who thought so.