September 14, 2013 London
Given the body-con dresses and the teased Joan Jett hair on the runway this evening, it would be easy to say, oh, "There's that Mark Fast cobwebby knitted thing again," but on closer inspection, his work is much more important. This is because Fast is a fabric innovator, a fact he demonstrated this season with his woven wool dresses. "I guess I am quite technical," he said backstage. "I work a lot with Woolmark and especially now with this great new fabric called cooling wool, which does what it says—cools down, rather than heats up. It's perfect for those who don't like scratchy wool. It is a genuine innovation."
Fast also used a "racking" technique, which created the zigzag in his dresses that mimicked the static of his television. (Though it was tempting to see references to Missoni's zigzags, that was not it at all.) Fluoro yellow fringing—very Stevie Nicks—added to the interest. Blue and black also looked great together.
The problem with Fast is that he's better than he thinks. He needs to move beyond what has become his shtick and translate all that innovation into something besides a body-hugging dress. We are all waiting.