It’s coming close to the end of London Fashion Week, it’s been hailing and I’ve been lugging around my tote bag with my heavy laptop and notebook. This is my first show and I’ve only just started covering my end of the fashion week roster but I’m feeling a little fashion weak. Luckily I have Natasha Zinko to pick me up, dust me off and prepare me for the last days of LFW.
Walking into Natasha Zinko’s showroom in the lavish and opulent Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden I’m greeted by a bevy of beautiful models with wavy locks sheltered under a bluebell gazebo. It’s all very feminine and a stark and comforting contrast to London’s gloomy grey clouds. I was uplifted and instantly felt the summer vibes flowing.
Candy colours and pastel pinks and blues; sheer paneling on dresses to thigh length, lace, organza, distressed tweed, corset-y dresses and air stewardess hats gave a fun, flirty and sexy atmosphere. It was exhilarating. The structured corseted slip-esque dresses were reminiscent of Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton AW13 show and allowed Zinko to modify it with her skill set – she graduated Chelsea College of Art and Design in sculpture, something that you could appreciate throughout the presentation. It was very structured and precise, qualities I admire greatly.
I could see Moulin Rouge dancers and air stewardesses from the more glamourous Pan Am days and that I was escaping dreary England for warmer climes. This was seductive, sultry decadence and it wasn’t difficult to see when I saw Lena Perminova in the enchanted crowd. In fact it’s what I imagine stereotypically painfully beautiful Russian women wearing outdoors in the summer time and indoors in the infamous Russian winters.
The Natasha Zinko woman is confident, beautiful and definitely not afraid to show off a little skin. Figure hugging striped pencil skirts, laced structured minis; organza midriff exposing blouses are something to look forward to next summer.
Words by Chris Liu