September 15, 2011 London
Willow's trick here was to take non-challenging silhouettes—a form-fitting dress, for instance—and give them a textural dimension. The seed-beading did that; so did the soigné, handwoven French tweed that she developed based on the seed-beaded material. She also had the very good, very straightforward idea of draping pieces of tulle off the surface of several looks; the technique gave pieces such as a tailored, electric blue dress a sense of movement, without interfering with the underlying silhouette. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? All in all, this collection was full of playful, good concepts like that, executed with the right, slightly kittenish touch.