Maria Grachvogel AW13 at London Fashion Week


Maria Grachvogel AW13 at London Fashion Week – all photos by my great friend Latiff Napoleon-Johari

One of my favourite collections from the AW13 shows at London Fashion Week has to be from Maria Grachvogel. The perfect cuts and stunning prints are full of attitude, a reflection of the British designer’s strong character and determination, and the result is one of the most ‘ready to wear’ collections from the LFW shows. Aged only 17, Maria Grachvogel passed a London Stock Exchange exam, briefly embarking on a career in the city until she had raised enough money to start her own business. When she was 12 years old, Maria Grachvogel had learnt basic pattern cutting and fabrics at school, creating her first collection when she was just 14 years old and eventually starting her own label at 18.

With a celebrity-filled front row, including Yasmin Le Bon and Dame Kelly HolmesMaria Grachvogel opened her AW13 collection with classically tailored designs such as apron-fronted trousers, high necked blouses and strong shift dresses in a solid, neutral colour palette inspired by ‘the quiet calm of winter woodland landscapes’. Following on were the most beautiful floor-length gowns, wide-legged trousers and dresses in haunting photographic prints, a darker, more eerie side of nature, where one can just make out the whispy branches of a winter forest.

My favourite look from the catwalk however, has to be a full A-line black skirt with asymmetrical hemline which looked absolutely stunning paired with pastel ankle boots and a simple high neck top, I was literally dreaming of wearing the outfit myself and can’t wait to re-create a similar look for my next evening event.

An incredible collection which I’m hoping to see soon on the red carpet! All pictures from the show were taken by my wonderful friend and incredibly talented photographer Latiff Napoleon-Johari and you can check out more of his work on his website.

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel AW13


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