Friday 16th March Sorapol Autumn/Winter 2012 – Iron Grip

On Friday I was lucky enough to attend Sorapol’s A/W12 show Iron Grip’, which was held at The Old Vic Tunnels, a unique London venue.  It was perfect for the event,  creating a chilling atmosphere within the catwalk space. The dank, urban venue was perfect for Sorapol and his collection, a real sense of  intense drama was created.  Standing in the queue before entering the venue built up the excitement, witnessing a hedonistic display of colours and sparkles.  Important characters were whisked through the intense crowd and past my friends and I.  The high volume of guests clearly paid tribute to Sorapol’s enhanced success and interest, several were even turned away because of over interest!  Once in, we were surrounded by archways, brick walls and Bridget Riley style black and white graffiti.

We were submerged in a choir of  the alternative, fluorescent, fashionistas.  Familiar faces were noted, Boy George in a large orange hat, my favourite doctor, Dr Christian Jessen, and bigging up the hair volume for the evening,the outrageous Jodie Harsh and D.J, Lady Lloyd.  It was good to see new faces such as the adorable T.V Twins from Playing It Straight, Sam and Ben, who had me in stitches!

The show opened with silence, being broken with a sharp, shooting sound, followed by leaking smoke overriding the catwalk.  This was then fused with the hearings of an eerie classical tune, which became synchronised rhythmically with the movements of the models, slowly making their way back and forth down the runway.  The girls exhibited a range of patterns, materials, textures and shapes which were all a triumph.  I found myself not wanting the next model to come out as quickly because I was too fascinated by the range of intricacies in each outfit; fur, pearls, skulls, metals were just a few items that formed a truly exceptional collection.  There is no doubt in my mind that Sorapol, especially working with inspiring, Daniel Lismore, will just go on further to mesmerise people.


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