Monday, 21 September 2015

London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha SS16

For those who fear that the pressure of commerciality has dulled some of London’s creative sparkle, just look to Simone Rocha for proof to the contrary. Her subversive avant guard collections have made her a firm favourite in just five years and this season only serves to strengthen her position as a shining light of creativity. A trip to Japan served as inspiration to the collection, with fertile green forests jostling with gritty sake bars as the main source of inspiration. Ethereal prettiness was grounded by tough touches; a tulle dress tied up with plastic cording here and a jacquard dress paired with heavy patent brogues there. Feminine but also overtly sexual, this was a collection of contradictions which once again triumphed. 

London Fashion Week: Teamtum Jones SS16

The setting of the serene Swiss Church juxtaposed with design duo Teatum Jones’ politically-charged spring/summer outing. Inspired by an interview with a Liberian Peace Activist who lead demostratiosn fighting for women’s rights, the show ended with sweatshirts reading “refugees welcome”. The collection itself featured mismatching patterns, layering and technical pieces layering yarn on mesh. Monochrome pieces made way for bold red, pink and blue African-inspired prints, making for a striking juxtapose. Even the embellished dresses and pretty layering felt tough, the overwhelming vibe from the collection was that of empowered femininity. Sublime.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

London Fashion Week: Holly Fulton SS16

Inspired by artist Eileen Agar, Holly Fulton’s spring/summer collection had more than a hint of English eccentricity grounded by Fulton’s neat silhouettes. Bold and feminine, the collection featured pretty dresses and superbly tailored trousers with boxy tops. Embellishment and embroidery channelled Agar’s surrealist work, making this one of the stand out collections from London.


London Fashion Week: Natasha Zinko SS16

Set in Mayfair’s Erarta Gallery, Natasha Zinko’s collection was more than what meets the eye. On the surface, with its sumptuous fabrics and rich colour palette, her spring/summer collection looked beautifully regal. But upon closer inspection, beneath the soft satin and delicate lace, the collection was strongly inspired by traditional, functional sportswear. Intriguing detailing such as lacing on a floor length gown and 70s-style running shorts layered under sheer lace skirts featured heavily. Stand out pieces included the extravagantly draped boxers robes and gowns paired with sporty slip on shoes.

London Fashion Week: Markus Lupfer SS16

Although the setting for Markus Lupfer’s spring/summer 2016 collection was an English garden setting on Horseguards Avenue, his collection was in fact inspired by Mexico. Drawing on the natural landscape of Mexico rather than stereotypical motifs, the collection is earthier than one may expect. Featuring desert flowers, luchador prints and patterns inspired by nature. Lupfer’s signature embellishment and playful aesthetic.
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