As we bid farewell to London Fashion Week for another year, we reflect back on a week where Moghul was touched by a little bit of fashion greatness. A couple of weeks ago we had a call from an award winning London fashion house. The brief was to curtain the wall of their Shoreditch showroom in time for London Fashion Week. The Showroom windows are 6 metres across from wall to wall and the curtains would need to be over 2.5 metres long, so with minimal drawback space over such a wide span, the choice of curtain material and style required careful thought. The client team wanted a linen type fabric to give the room an element of privacy from the outside, but it was obviously critically important that the light coming into the room wasn’t materially diminished. Our own sheer linen fabric (Linen Sheer shade Linen White) was unfortunately a week away from coming back into stock, and with the clock loudly ticking, we reverted to a Harlequin fabric the team had earlier chosen. Fabrication: the curtains needed a contemporary twist to compliment the aesthetics of the showroom, and so we suggested a “wave” heading. To accentuate the ripples in the fabric we stiffened the curtain heading with 5 inch buckram, sewn in only along the top edge of the curtain to keep stitching to a minimum and thereby preserve the clean lines of the curtains. To maintain a sense of proportion, we decided to make the curtains with a 2 inch, unweighted bottom hem. To keep fullness to a minimum we opted for a heading tape that delivered an 80% fullness (more on which below).
Tracking: In this instance we opted for an Evans CKS (corded click system), wall fix track – using their Easyflow system to create the wave effect. The Evans system unlike many others on the market is capable of working with heavy lined and interlined curtains (see our earlier blog on this) as well as with the more obvious sheers, and the unobtrusive lines of the CKS track system suited the circumstances to perfection.