Nick Gray of London, UK based creative lighting design practice Renegade designed lighting for the main British Fashion Council (BFC) Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House for London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013.
Offsite, he lit a variety of leading shows including Vivien Westwood, L’Wren Scott, Rocksander, Mark Fast, Kinder Aggugini and Pringle.
It’s the seventh season that Gray has lit the BFC space, featuring up to five or six shows per day for a plethora of leading designers including Marios Schwab, Issa, Emilio de la Morena, Bora Aksu, Jasper Conran and numerous others.
Working for show producers Bacchus, Gray’s lighting design featured a three truss format overhead – centre and two sides - running the full 25 metres of the catwalk.
The set this year featured a wider entranceway for the models and an elegant chevron-shaped wood / black carpet runway, all of which required a few changes to the lighting.
Around 170 ETC Source Fours were rigged on the overhead trusses and also used to make up the front array, while the entrance and back wall was lit with ten strategically positioned Svobodas, all masked from view.
The lighting was operated by Paulus van Heijkant running a Chamsys MQ100, and Renegade’s Crew Chief was Alex Murphy.
Highlights included an extra show for Mario Schwab, where Gray positioned active Sunstrips along the edges of the runway, cross-lighting it at floor / foot level. Ten Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300s fitted with custom rectangular gobos rigged on strategically placed rigging bars and a hazer were added to ramp up the atmosphere, and the show was run with lighting from the middle overhead truss only.
This morphed into London Fashion Weekend, which saw the installation of a stage in the Space with a live performance by Labrinth, for which Gray rocked-up the lighting substantially, adding 12 Martin Professional Mac Auras, 12 x CP Sharpies and a bunch of strobes.