Ones to watch: Kirsty Ward contrasts and compares to perfection

Photography by Mariell Amélie

Consider Kirsty Ward’s penchant for blending sharp silhouettes and severe structure with the most romantic of shades and fabrics a beautiful exercise in contrast. After completing her masters at Central Saint Martins and working a little over a year under the wing of Alberta Ferretti, Ward started her own label in 2010. Most likely a combination of the avante garde aesthetic that CSM has become known for and Ferretti’s floaty femininity, Ward’s new line straddles to perfection.

For her Spring 2011 collection, Ward played with hard versus soft, harsh structure and flow as well as minimal fabric and maximal embellishments. Delicate, sheer tulle dresses was given harsher, geometric shape with exposed boning, frothy washed silks were paired with metal necklaces that weighed down the fabrics, a dainty lace tee given a lashing of tinsel. Even the make-up in Ward’s lookbook proved to be made up of two extremes⎯matte, pale skin with exaggerated, angular black brows.

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