Alice Dellal in Mark Fast knitted dress with Swarovoski Crystals, £2,619 “Knits have a more intimate relationship with the wearer than tailoring or corsetry. The garment takes on the shape of the person inside it, and the finished look is always acollaboration between the two.” - Claudia Croft on Mark Fast, Sunday Times Style
Avant-garde, original and remarkable are the three worlds I think of when I think of Mark Fast. Without a doubt, the 29 year old Canadian designer who graduated from Central Saint Martins is one of the most talented knitwear designers in the industry. His designs are intricately detailed with hand-made fringed skirts and knitted dresses which are adorned in expensive Swarovoski crystals.
Not only do I admire his work, but I also admire Mark's bravery of challenging what I believe to be the most criticised and risky industry where every move is under scrutiny. His bold move of booking voluptuous, size 12-14 models to strut their stuff down the runway during London Fashion Week 2009 caused great controversy amongst the general public, fashion critics and journalists. All in all, I personally think that it was an extremely clever move which has led people to see a different side to the world of fashion.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces from his current and past collections: