Sunday, 16 February 2014
I feel like I need to caveat this post by confessing that I love Sibling and Sister by Sibling, the two coolest knitwear brands by a country mile. Sid, Joe and Cozette have created two very, very special labels and I absolutely adore every Sister by Sibling piece I own. So it's no surprise that I loved the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. Deconstructing classic knitwear elements, the collection features Peter Pan collars, Fairisle knits and crochet pieces with signature Sibling wit and sparkle. Crochet, fringed shawls have never been so chic. The deconstructed cobweb knits were a highlight, though one of the models did have a little difficulty walking in heels which kept getting caught in the train of her dress, cue temper tantrum and shoes being thrown off. Props to the final model who persevered and made it intact, to applause. Great collection, despite potentially being unable to walk in it, I need the final dress in my life.
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Inspired by dark Icelandic skies, John Rocha's collection featured a moody colour palette of charcoal grey, black and moss green. Signature crochet was complemented with the oversize fluffy ruffley layers that I've enjoyed for the last few seasons, bringing a softness and romance to what could have been a stark collection. Bold cherry red punctuated the predominantly dark collection creating upbeat flashes. The red ruffle dress complete with matching head piece wowed the crowd, who were completely mesmerized. John Rocha introduced new winter florals that truly captivated the fashion crowd.
Bright and bold to pep up the fashion crowd, Lulu Liu's signature oversized pleats, layers and vivid colours were the perfect antidote to a dreary, grey start to the Autumn/Winter 2014 season. Cherry reds, mustard yellow and a stunning aqua blue sat alongside abstract prints but my favourite was the all white segment of the show, providing the perfect blank canvas to showcase Lulu Liu's masterful pleating. Great collection, I'm already looking forward to seeing what SS15 has in store from this emerging designer.
Jean-Pierre Braganza's Autumn/Winter 2014 show began with severe tailoring, complementing his signature fluid lines perfectly. Inspired by art and particularly baroque painter Caravaggio, the collection featured strong masculine silhouettes with softer pieces in lightweight silks, tightly cut leather jackets pulled in at the waist juxtaposed with billowing skirts with smudgy monochrome prints creating the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.