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Louise Amstrup

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Saturday, 19th February 2011

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, wearing a Moschino jacket, Fendi shoes and vintage bag, said: “I really like Louise Amstrup, I wore one of her dresses to the Bora Asku show last night. Lee Lapthorne is a good friend and I’ve worked with him in the past. Lee is amazing, very creative and he always gets it right.”

Nicola Roberts

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Backstage Buzz

Backstage on day two at On|Off’s Mercer Studios location and Louise Amstrup is busy readying her rebel-inspired collection, which will kick off Saturday’s show line up.

backstage at Louise Amstrup

Luckily, Louise and her team are doing a great job of keeping any potential uprisings under control. In fact, considering there’s only 10 minutes to go, the atmosphere in wardrobe is astoundingly serene.

Perhaps the team haven’t had time for their morning coffee yet – bagging the first slot on Saturday involves an early start.

backstage at Louise Amstrup

Despite this, everyone behind the scenes of the first show looked fresh faced and ready for action.

Heading up the make-up team was Ayami Nishimura, creating a bold look with dark matt eyes and high-gloss rich plum lips.

She said: “Louise wanted a strong, statement make-up style but portrayed elegantly. We went for defined eyes and vibrant lips and little else - only powder to give the skin a matt finish."

Nishimura added the high-definition gloss aimed to compliment Louise’s use of patent leather in her collection.

backstage at Louise Amstrup

Louise Amstrup’s AW11 collection was clear and structured, with bold colour blocking in a palette of black, grey, navy, dusty blue, maroon and acid yellow amid slashes of patent leather.

Key pieces included a coarse wool coat in melange grey with patent leather detailing, a patent leather dress with wool and georgette side panelling and a dirty plum merino dress with panes of prints on silk and patent leather.

Drawing inspiration from American youth rebellion, the collection called ‘Born Bad’ channelled the character of Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers. Knox, played by the iconic real-life radical Juliette Lewis, serves as the muse for Amstrup this autumn/winter.

Fabulous 1940’s, gangster-style hats, designed by Noel Stewart, were worn with skull caps tied around the neck to create a Quaker sub-text, alluding to the theme of religion and rebellion.

Louise Amstrup said: “I wanted to create strong statement pieces. The collection is inspired by rebel movements like Zoot Suit riots in 1940's America. I wanted to explore the theme of rebel as a religion.”

Eponymous shoe designer Behnaz Kanani, who attended the show, said: “I would wear all of the collection, it is light, colourful and I have loved everything I’ve seen. The space is amazing, it’s very private and cosy and I love the fact it’s on Mercer Street, it has a real New York kind of feel.”

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