UK lighting and sound rental company Entec supplied lighting production for three high profile shows at London Fashion Week (LFW) – Paul Smith, Mulberry and Moschino. A projection system and media server was also provided for Paul Smith.
Paul Smith featured the largest lighting rig and was the biggest space, staged in the Lawrence Hall of the Royal Horticultural Halls in Victoria, central London. It also accommodated one of the largest audiences of the whole event. Entec has supplied lighting for Paul Smith’s LFW shows for at least the last eight years.
A 21-leg, seven arch ground support system was installed into the venue to get lighting positions in the required places, which Entec commissioned Actus Events to provide. This was 24 metres wide and 50 long, with 6.4 metres of headroom. Made from shiny, strong mini-beam trussing, it provided a very stylish juxtaposition to the room with its domed ceiling and dramatic curved architecture.
Entec supplied over 200 ETC Source Four Profiles with various different lenses which were placed along the central spines of the trussing, with two banks of front light behind the two photography platforms.
A hundred and twenty of the Source Fours with 50 degree lenses were all tightly shuttered and focused down onto the catwalk.. These luminaires were all fitted with linear frost gel to stretch the light.
The profiles on the end banks ranged from 10 to 50 degree and these also had ¼ frost to provide a slight softening of the hard edges while still remaining focusable.
The control console was an Avolites Sapphire 2004.
A key part of the brief was to project a series of unusual and off-beat colours onto the entrance and end walls, and Entec supplied four Barco R10+ projectors, which were run as two doubled up pairs, using content stored on a Hippotizer media server.
Also supplied were a quantity of 4-way Kino Flo fluorescent units and stands for the preparation area.
The Mulberry and Moschino shows were staged in Claridges’ Ballroom and 29 Portland Place respectively. The Mulberry show utilised Entec’s new Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWash moving lights, together with ETC Source Fours. The Moschino show was lit with a selection of MSR fresnel heads and ETC Source Fours.