The lights went down and an ominous voice resonated “burn”, hinting at Corrie Nielsen’s Scottish heritage and the essence of the inspiration for her AW12 collection.

Models descended to the catwalk to the sounds of the Highlands, styled in a medley of red, green and grey tartan. Sculptured separates drew focus to the models’ waist and hips, keeping true to the Nielsen’s signature style.

Sharp tailoring, architectural folds and pleats were prominent throughout; all referred back to Vestiarium Scoticum, a controversial book of Scottish costume, and the fitting title of the collection.

If you’ve seen the Fashion Fringe winner’s past collections, you’ll know that Nielsen is not one to shy away from attention to detail and this offering was no different; models’ faces were concealed with plaid patterns and extravagant headpieces fabricated from pheasant’s feathers garnished each look.

As the show progressed, the pieces became more elaborate. Silk high-necked blouses were paired with twist-cut trousers, accesorised with a draped scarf. The show was brought to a close by a voluminous, floor-skimming cape in purple Duchess satin, with bulges of fabric in every direction; a savior for a multitude of sins.

Words: Millie Cotton

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