Armand Basi One
September 15, 2007 London
"There's no really big heritage, so they've let me find a look, and push it a little bit," said the German-born Lupfer, who had already test-driven the collection twice during Barcelona fashion week. Result: some experimental Japanese-via-the-eighties looks, a nice sense of color, and a bit of playtime nuttiness supplied by his housemate, the accessory designer Katie Hillier. Lupfer wove raffia through the show, principally in the fabrics, which had an airy structure, and more literally in the "Mohawk" heeled shoes, tutus, bags, bangles, and near-spherical pompom finale dresses. By the end, the audience was laughingin a good waywhich is quite an accolade for a show slotted for first-thing Sunday morning. Those who turned up got to show off about it to laggards all day long.