September 20, 2009 London
Serbian duo Lidija & Dejan also used pleating and draping for a classical effect. One dress had a gathered front that fell away from a breastplatelike bra. Another was draped in silver slave chains. Yelena Smirnova's aesthetic was more softly sculptural, her organzas and chiffons formed into organic shapes inspired by Henry Moore. Her deep red and cobalt blue were effective counterpoints to a pastel palette. Elliot Atkinson made tiny little dresses out of collaged colors, cutouts, and sheer panels. His blurry floral prints echoed previous winner Erdem. Collate the commonalities between the finalists and you'd be drawn to these conclusions: Pink is the world's favorite color; daywear is dead; and Versace is the most influential fashion house. We'll credit that last one to the presence of the honorary chair.