At the Designer Exhibition during London Fashion Week, Henrietta Ludgate presented dresses with futuristic collars which really look like collars of astronauts.
Scottish luxury women’s designer, Henrietta Ludgate, has already gained an impressive number of awards and built a formidable reputation with high end retailers within a short space of time. Henrietta, a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art, began her fashion career working as a stylist and costume designer. This year Henrietta gained more industry recognition when she won ‘Young Designer of the year’ at the 2011 Scottish Fashion Award.
This year Henrietta has dressed the following on the red carpet, Livia Firth (film producer and wife of Coln Firth), acress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), actress Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Cat Cubie (BBC Scotland) and Laura Bailey (model and writer). Her clothes are now sold globally in 16 luxury speciality and department stores including Penelope, Sugar, San Carlo, Caron, Victorienne and Yoox.com (from Italy), Liger (Hong Kong), Beams and Martha (Japan), UK Style and Magazin Zing (Russia), Hallelujah from Belgium and Design in Taiwan, where her label sits alongside cutting edge luxury designs from Holly Fulton and Christopher Kane.
For Spring/Summer 2012 there is perfect glamour, retro jewel brights and sheer textures mixing futuristic architectural cuts with a Scottish take on Schiaparelli’s wit and spirit. The designs are influenced by the summer of love and retro sixties minimalism. Her pieces reflect the rebellious spirit and experimentation of the 60s creating an original and dramatic look for summer. Her creations are executed in bright, confident pinks, greens, blues, oranges and purples giving the collection a light, youthful feel whilst the sculptural detailing adds a touch of witty surrealism reminiscent of the work of Elsa Schiaparelly. Key elements of the collection are surreal spirals and architectural detailing used to both flatter and female form and add drama.
A photo of the dress with a futuristic collar
(Photograph Pete Repka)