London Fashion Week SS13 – Antoni & Alison


Written by: Sarah Fox

They returned to the catwalk last season with their AW12 collection, ‘Models Walking Up and Down in Dresses’, and this September Antoni Burakowski & Alison Roberts are celebrating 25 years in the industry with the ominously entitled, ‘New Work’.
Instead of looking back over the impressive back-catalogue of work they have created together, the design partners chose to look forward to something new.
Without the pressure of a retrospective, this season saw hand-rendered art printed onto garments; such as charcoal smudges, collages, felt tips and acrylic paint.
Each designer took four days working separately in the art studio to create an arrangement of prints before chopping them in half and establishing a look that was half Antoni, and half Alison.

I still find A&A a little limiting in terms of cutting-edge fashion; but if you’re just looking for great wearable garments with a unique print, you can’t go wrong.

My favourite part was the brass band that played throughout the show – their finale walk around the showspace was met with raucous applause before the models themselves took again to the runway for the final walk.

To honor their official 25th anniversary on October 19th, the V&A will be hosting an exclusive lecture where both Antoni & Alison will be able to explain their ideas, inspiration and techniques for the very first time.
To coincide with the event, they have also designed 25 ‘Plain Fancy’ birthday dresses that will be available to buy in their own newly refurbished store on Rosebery Avenue (complete with tearoom), or online from October 2012.

[Mug in which to enjoy a celebratory coffee]

I think that Antoni & Alison have been so successful over the past quarter decade because they stay true to themselves.

This was a collection that we expected, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any less special. They have always proudly proclaimed that they focus on art over fashion, and this individuality is the thing that has got them through 51 shows, 25 years and a hell of a lot of dresses!

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