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Private salon-style fashion presentations

As videos of fashion shows become almost instantaneously available on the web, designers are inceasingly opting for private salon-style events, exclusive shows and presentations to promote their collections to important clients and members of the press.

Colin McDowell recently hosted a presentation for Nabil El Nayal, Alice Palmer and Elliot Atkinson in association with Fashion Fringe and IMG Fashion at the Corinthia Hotel during London Fashion Week.

Nabil El-Nayal, a graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, was winner of the British Fashion Council's RA scholarship in 2008 and also winner of the Graduate Fashion Week womenswear award in the same year. Some of his work is shown above and below:

Alice Palmer's art and architecture inspired "Vertigo" collection consists of softly structured 3D dresses, created with her trademark "Polyhedra" knitting techniques. Palmer’s designs are based on an exploration of the origami tessellations of mathematician/deisgner Ron Resche. Her latest collection was also inspired by the character played by Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo – as represented via a film noir colour palette of silver, black, white and taupe grey, on garments of silk, lurex and lambswool.

The inspiration for Elliot Atkinson’s collection came from the Medieval period. .His classically constructed pieces feature quilted plisse armour-like techno together with silk-satin, crepe and duchess satin, leather, wool, tweed and cotton, with silver hardware embellishment.

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