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Mark Fast

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BODY-CON REVISITED

London: Mark Fast caused quite a stir last season when he sent out models that were larger than the typical waifs in his hole-riddled, body-con knit dresses. That show set a dialogue in motion surrounding ideal shape that lent inspiration for V Magazine’s controversial “Size Issue”, as well as countless riveting discussions on the fashion blogs. The designer stayed true to his statement this season and continued to use models in an array of shapes and sizes. Admirers of the line have been clamoring for styles that one can wear with… well, underwear, and Fast provided. His signature dresses were more covered up for Fall, with fewer open side panels and more forgivingly-placed holes. Knots and gathering added a new dimension to the pieces, and rich colors like burgundy and mustard were right for the season. The designer’s initiative to create more wearable clothes also spawned sassy separates like a flared suede skirt and matching bolero jacket, but some of the roomier draped dresses looked poorly constructed. Fast might need extra time to think of more approachable ways to branch out from the body-con silhouette.

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