Monday, 12 November 2012

FASHION | Oxford Fashion Week: Elysium Concept Show [Pt 1]


Elysium: A place or state of perfect happiness

The Elysium Concept Show, the Friday night event of Oxford Fashion Week 2012, showcased a tasty array of interpretations from the fashion industry’s forthcoming talent. 

With mulled wine truffles circulating the ornate Oxford Town Hall, the atmosphere was rife for this season's instalment of the regional fashion week which launched in 2009. A city celebrated for its ‘out of the box’ attitude was sure to deliver something innovative. The audience was transported through fantasy worlds engulfed in artistic apparel and trend-driven tribes on a fantastic fashion journey.

This series of posts will celebrate the collections of the OFW12 designers.
C Martin Prechelmacher

Specifically produced for OFW, Crimson-Rose O’Shea’s collection pushed the boundaries to breaking point. As if drawn into a futuristic underwater wonderland, the use of iridescent materials emulated ripples of underwater lights. The shoal of models wore crustacean-esque masks and headwear resembling sea-dwellers as if part of a mutant pirate tribe. Keeping a glamorous, feminine aesthetic, each item drove gasps from the enchanted crowd.


London-based  O’Shea is a Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Design graduate with impressive background. She has  worked for John Galliano, Diane Von Furstenburg and Elisa Palomino and a design consultancy at LVMH/Sephora. As a freelance designer, she has contributed to Vogue, Dazed & Confused, AnOther and Hunger as well as being a costume designer for ballet, music and film industry.


Oxford is renowned for being a hub of education and creativity and Brookes should by no means be overshadowed by its academic neighbours. Fashion students on the 2012-13 OBU Foundation Art and Design Course displayed a powerful collection from their first brief – ‘abstract impressionism’.

Branded by strokes and splatters of neon paint the loosely structured latex creations fashioned a futuristic tribal vibe. Straying from past structured, regimented uniformity this collection, with gaping seams and flapping folds, offers the breakaway freedom of a new, rebellious gang.

Favourite accessories of the entire show were the plastic orange ‘glasses’ on a chain which added to the space-age feel of this collection.

-- ALL PHOTOS:© Claire Williams Photography --