LFW AW12 visual diary, part 2 – Mattijs

27th February 2012



My penchant for space age or retro sci-fi is clearly evident, two of my final collections from uni (I studied both HND and BA Fashion Design and Technology at LCF) were partly inspired by the early works of André Courrèges and Paco Rabbane. Daft Punk and Kraftwerk are my seasonal choice of music, obsessive tracks from the film Tron: Legacy being used in tv commercials, fashion shows such like Jaeger’s SS11 intro (I think track 4, correct me if I’m wrong) and tv car show Top Gear often feature their tracks.  Very identifiable.  No nonsense music such as this is hypnotically refreshed, the chemical reaction in my brain often have the tendency to erupt in an epileptic trance.  I’m eclectically weird, do you want to be my friend?

A promising opening start at Mattijs AW12 show (his first show in London) with the soundtrack from Star Wars intermixed with Lana Del Rey’s, I instantly knew this was going to be a good show.  Inspired by the iconic sci-fi characters in the likes of Princess Leia from Star Wars, the young heroe Artreyu from The Never Ending Story, and the retro rebots C3PO en R2D2.



The fantasy collection consists of long flowy stretch of accordion pleated dresses, palazzo trousers shows dramatic fabric movement guided by the beat of music, explosive bloom of ruffled coral-like jackets, hand embroidered gold detailings, metallic trims, futuristic garments with the Courrèges-esque skin revealing circular holes a typical feature in the 60s space age fashion.  Oh boy oh boy, I so want to get my hands on those Mattijs x United Nude pleated boots, available in SS12.



And boy oh boy x2, such great collection and such great tune I wouldn’t mind having the mix track on my ipod’s ‘must listen tracks on continuous loop’ playlist (wave hands to Mattijs and Trace Publicity).  And lastly, I’m really looking forward to see his collection in close up on press day.

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  • Reply the style crusader 27th February 2012 at 16:50

    Couldn’t agree more! Loved this collection – it was definitely a highlight of my LFW. Beautiful photos Kit!

    p.s. if you manage to get that soundtrack off Susie then make sure to share it! It was amazing! xx

  • Reply Devon 27th February 2012 at 17:33

    Came across this post after googling Mattijs show review, I loved how you incorporate your personal love of electro music with Mattijs collection, shows that you have passion as read from your long post. It’s brilliantly written and hilariously funny I like a blog with humour, great work.

  • Reply Lui Madison 27th February 2012 at 18:21

    Are you one of those group of sci-fi geeks? Interesting about the use of Courreges’s 60s circular cut outs, I have no idea who this designer were, you spoke with great depth. Agree with the soundtrack.

  • Reply dona 27th February 2012 at 18:23

    Beautiful collection.

  • Reply KPT 27th February 2012 at 21:22

    I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND! Let’s hold hands and listen to Star Wars together.

  • Reply 1830010873 27th February 2012 at 21:24

    Great coverage!

  • Reply Julia 27th February 2012 at 21:26

    Brilliant mix, do you know what? I’d like a copy too.

  • Reply annie Kwong 27th February 2012 at 21:29

    I do love the mint coloured peep toe boots.

  • Reply Little Red Book 28th February 2012 at 08:02

    All my favorite colors, beautiful collection!


  • Reply michelle 28th February 2012 at 12:31

    really love this collection!

  • Reply Michelle 28th February 2012 at 14:34

    The collection is just amazing! the details are the best for me in the hole collection, just some cuts and shapes that make the difference

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