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Mark Fast: FW2012

Author: Francesco Dello Rosso
Published: February 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

A master of Knitwear, Mark Fast amused us with intricate craftsmanship that felt as luxurious and sexy as always but more commercial than usual. And it was quite disappointing, I was expecting some of that boldness that he has given us for seasons with those neon cobweblike-form-fitting knitwear, that put him on the spotlight. Off course they did not have to be those skimpier little dresses exactly, but the essence of that edginess was shier than ever. The usually provocative designer, gave us extremely wearable clothes that I am sure are going to fly out the shelves because their beautiful easiness, but apart from some edgy-statement looks the Mark-Fast-Wow effect was getting short.

But do not get me wrong, it was a really good beautiful collection and if it would came from another designer - newcomer or even some established - it would be gaining public ovation everywhere... but coming from Mark Fast? unfortunately he set his own bar too high from the very beginning.

In his notes, Fast had said he was going for sophisticated grunge, the inspiration came from “the David Lynch film Fire Walk With Me and in particular a lyric that says ‘Questions in a world of blue’” said the designer. And that was exactly the feeling of it, it was a Clueless meets Marc Jacobs back in the days, and if Cher Horowitz would decide to do a comeback this would be the kind of clothes she would probably be wearing. In navy and sand shades, scarves beautifully became dresses, big cardigans and coat-y jackets became very versatile and desirable pieces. I hope that for next season Mark Fast could find a way meet his past and present halfway, merging his almost to nothing-provocative-edgy dresses and his more commercial side that has shown today.


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