This year I had the pleasure of being invited to show my collection at LFW. I only found out that I got through a week or so before the event so I decided to do the Avalonia show, featuring the Opulence and Chimera collections, just in a slightly different format that at the Alternative and burlesque fair.
Unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to dress the stage this time, and with the limited rehearsal time is was lucky that I re-wrote the choreography to go with a different shaped stage on the journey down.
The dressing room was crowded with models and collections but the other teams were helpful and we found space to put our stuff and even electricity to do some simple hair. Kudos to my amazing MUAs, Laura Wilson and Tabitha Adams, for managing to do make up in the abysmal lighting conditions!
I was pleased with the show in general and received a lot of positive feedback.
Those who follow my work will already be familiar with the Opulence collection that has been showcased that the Manchester Alternative and burlesque fair as well as London fetish weekend as part of the Avalonia fashion show. There is also a wonderful set of photobooth images by Tigz Rice featuring the outfits which can be viewed here.
The official Opulence look book images were shot by the talented Katelizabeth photography who did a great job of realising my vision and adding her own touch without upsetting the balance of the overall feel.
I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. I was originally worried the weather might ruin it for us and I must admit it was a rather muddy, and at times cold, experience but luckily this doesn’t show in the pictures. I had a great team that made every effort to get the best possible results and if any one of them didn’t believe in the project it wouldn’t have been possible.
I’d like to add a special thanks to Charlotte who isn’t credited as part of the creative team but really played a big part by assisting with pretty much everything and assuring the models’ safe passage to and from the set. She also took some behind the scenes footage which I hope to be able to include in a future post.
An insight into this collection and the influences behind it were published in the last issue of Rebelicious magazine which you can view online here and is also available for free download.
Image: Sevensin by Toria Brightside who also edited together this write up from my interview.
To shop items from this collection please visit www.eustratia.co.uk
The chainmail collar was provided by www.richardayres.co.uk
Images from my second collaboration with Katelizabeth photography are due to be released in a couple of days so keep your eyes peeled! A preview images can be view on the front page of my site!
It was a great experience and the crew were hands down the most helpful I’ve dealt with. They made every effort to ensure the stage was dressed to my specifications, went though the pre-show announcement word for word to make sure all the info was correct and lit the stage according to the sequence and characters which really added to the atmosphere.
The show featured outfits from the Chimera collection (collaboration with chainmail designer Richard Ayres) and the upcoming Opulence collection, due to be Launched next month.
I choreographed the show myself, giving each model a character and specific role to play. he dramatization included knights, royals, maids, druds, and priestesses and convery a story of myth and magic based on Arthurian myth and Avalon.