Sitting in the huge double height hall of the National Museum of Scotland a few weeks ago a small group of London-based fashion editors joined a full house of Scottish fashion lovers and Chinese supporters – including Chinese Vogue’s Angelica Cheung, for the first British show from Chinese luxury brand and cashmere house 1436 Erdos.
The reason for the London contingent’s support was Erdos 1436’s creative director Graeme Black (with me above), who is much loved and admired. Most recently he was creative consultant at Ferragamo, but he graduated in fashion design from Edinburgh College of Art. He went on to work for John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes and Giorgio Armani, before launching his eponymous label in 2005, which he discontinued to consult globally for brands including Boss Black. He’s been working with Erdos 1436 since 2011, and this show was the culmination of several years of development.
We all convened in the Waldorf, before heading to the National Museum of Scotland.
1436 stands for the specification of the finest Cashmere, known as diamond fibre. With an average of <14.5 micrometers in thickness and >36 millimeters in length, it is only collected from the shoulders and sides of 12 to 16-month-old baby Arbas goats, who are pecially reserved and protected at Etuoke grassland in Inner Mongolia.
One of the reason for showing in Scotland was the long cashmere connection with China, and for this collection Black has worked Di Gilpin’s knit studio producing, in particular this ravishing scarlet knit dress, which closed the show.
I should also mention the best backstage I have ever seen:
Black tuxedo jacket by Karen Millen (gift)
Black lace dress by iris & Ink from The Outnet
Black stilettos by Zara (seasons old)
Box clutch by Zara
Black leather overnight bag by Tusting – a bespoke collaboration between LLG & Tusting