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British Fashion Week is the time when our top designers put on display their wares for the coming season.

And since were living in a land where clothes and video are the new gods, the latest shows pulled in a number of style-conscious pop folk keen to keep their visuals up to date…

BODYMAP

Bodymap is a team of two young designers, David Holah and Stevie Stewart (Stevies a girl). So far theyre best known for their black and white patterned clothes (see Helen Terrys latest video for examples), which have been lapped up by everyone from Vogue to the Riverside Studios resident dance company.

Both are 26 years old, and grew up watching T. Rex, Gary Glitter and Slade on the telly—glam rock influences which were well to the fore in their new collection, titled ‘Barbie Takes a Trip Round Natures Cosmic Curves!

Seventies-style shrunken sweaters, big medallions and glitter were much in evidence—funny, bright, freakish and very striking, though many of the clothes were so outlandish that the average shopper wouldnt dare wear them. Even if he could afford them…

Boy George turned out for the show with a wig like three dead crows on his head, and Marilyn by his side. What did you think of the togs, Maz?

“The initial ideas were good, but the show went on a bit. I liked the bald heads for the guys—

Youre not going to…

“Maybe! I quite liked those little shorts the guys were wearing—not that I look at that sort of thing, of course!”

Anything from the collection youd like to take home?

“Yeah, that six-foot blonde one.”

Ooh, he is awful…

“Excellent! Up to their usual high standard,” was Helen Terrys comment on the Bodymap collection.

“I liked the loose black and gold stuff best—I wouldnt be seen dead in stretch tights, for reasons which Im sure are obvious to everyone! It was very trippy-hippy, and I rather like that.

“Ive known Stevie for about eight years; I used to have a market stall at Camden Lock, and she had the one next to it. They both graduated a year and half ago, and Ive worn their stuff ever since. I tell them what I like, and they make it up in bigger sizes for me.”

Hey, Steve Norman! Come away from the after-show bar for a minute and tell us what you thought of the collection.

“Oh, this is a bit embarrassing.

(cont.)
Actually, Ive just got back from Holland and Ive been rushing around, and in between buying some clothes and getting a paper I suddenly realised I needed to order a car for tonight. I booked it late, it turned up half an hour late, and I missed the show!

“The clothes sound a bit glam for my taste; I prefer something a bit more classic, to be honest.”

Like that rather tasty pinstriped suit youre wearing?

“Yeah, I bought this today at Yohji Yamamoto. I spotted it still in its wrapping, and asked to have a look. They hadnt even put it out yet. I tried it on and thought, ‘Ill have some of that—four figures! But it is the first.”

If youre trying to imagine the item in question, look no further than the latest David Bowie publicity pics. Never mind, Steve—at least youve got the second.

KATHARINE HAMNETT

The most influential British designer around has to be Katharine Hamnett, whose crumpled cotton clothes and “message” T-shirts were copied by every high street shop this summer.

Her show was a real dazzler, bursting with colours from canary yellow and tangerine to scarlet and peppermint green, made up into gorgeous silk suits, ruffled pants and minis with matching leggings. The T-shirt message for next year is: “Heroin-free zone—Stay alive in 85.”

“Wonderful. Thought it was brilliant. Love her,” was the reaction of an emotional Paul Rutherford, whod arrived with ex-Belle Star Miranda Joyce. (Holly was there too, keeping quiet and looking very chubby). Back to Paul:

“We were the principal plunderer of the T-shirt idea, but I dont think she minds, cos our messages were sympathetic to hers. Theres gonna be more Frankie T-shirts, but not political ones. The new ones have an equation: a sperm plus a bullet plus a cross plus a heart equals a bang, equals Frankie.”

“The clothes were great, really colourful and very wearable,” enthused Hamnett fan Jon Moss. “There was a beautiful purple Id never seen before, and a lovely silver suit…

“Bright colours make great stage clothes for me, being a drummer. Wear dark colours and youd disappear. I liked the girls things too—being small, I often buy womens clothes. In fact, the suit Ive got on came from a womens shop!

“I got out and buy all my own clothes, I couldnt get someone else to do it. Even George shops on his own. He just has a bloke waiting outside with a car in case he needs to run away.

“Ive got one of the new anti-heroin T-shirts, cos coming from north London, Ive seen a lot of wealthy children turn to heroin and destroy themselves. By the time theyre 16 they looked wasted. Its terrible.”

“Im frightened by the way heroin is taking over the western world,” says Ms Hamnett herself. “There are probably half a million addicts in this country and its increasing.

“People are having their education and opportunities cut, and turning to hard drugs in despair. You have to protest!

“Normal advertising slogans just boost the image of a company. Id like to use those techniques… well, to set the world right.”

All interviews courtesy of Music Box cable TV channel


1. Jon Moss checks out Britains brightest clothes collections.

2&3. Classic silk cuts from Katharine Hamnett.

4. Paul from Frankie and ex-Belle Star Miranda feign wild enthusiasm.

5. An original Katharine Hamnett message tee shirt.

6&9. What the well-dressed suburban android will be wearing—courtesy of Bodymap.

8. Helen Terry—a walking advert for Bodymap.

7. Frankie!

10. Marilyn and Boy friend.