6 March 2015

LFW Day 5

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On the final day of London Fashion Week 2015, I had the wonderful chance of visiting Ulyana Sergeenko's showroom at the beautiful Claridge's Hotel. The art deco scenery welcomed me into her fairytale world. The SS2015 Couture Collection was all about velvet & silk fabrics, feathers, hand embroidered petite details, delicate accessories..all gathered into tangible magic. A gorgeous collection, exhaling great finesse, from one gorgeous woman!
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I also saw Mark Mitanovski present his painstakingly intricate Autumn Winter 2015 collection (my favourite show this season, I must confess haha), through Fashion Scout.  

As the lights went out and only the name of the designer was shining bright at the end of the catwalk, the darkness fell upon the audience followed by a haunting music. When the lights came back on, the first model walked down the runway wearing a lace bodysuit paired with a bejeweled headpiece and a voluminous ruffled cape. All models were resembling beautiful demons, covered in black face & body paint, with slicked-back hair and face jewelry, making them look almost reptile-like. Their slow walk, as the tight leather garments with lacing details were difficult to walk in, only added to an already intense atmosphere.

Jackets with exaggerated high collars, leather midi skirts with accentuated hips worn with fishnet tights and big Renaissance-inspired sleeves occurred throughout the collection. The final head-to-toe white look was Mitanovski’s own version of a bride contrasting with the rest of the all-black looks.
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The final show of this season that I went to was C.J. YAO’s autumn winter collection. It was an all-weather affair, as coats paced the catwalk with flairs ranging from face-covering collars to fur-trimmed sleeves and hooded jackets.

Pops of midnight blue, cobalt and every shade of green imaginable interrupted the browns and greys that pervaded her collection. The occasional green leaf print brought foliage into a traditionally stark season. 


Yao's inspiration came from one of her own dreams in which she dreamt she had become a little girl and experienced her colourful childhood again.

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Photos: myself & FashionWearBook.

1 March 2015

LFW Day 3 & 4

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Fashion week can be quite hectic and confusing, sometimes making you forget your true preferences, and leading you to both style and time decisions you wouldn't normally go for. For example, some people dress up for the sake of dressing up, some for street photographers, some for event photographers, but one only needs to refer to two things when discussing the trends of the fall 2015 season: there was the '70s, and then there was the cold. I might as well just end it right there — because that is, really, all you need to know, haha. Basically every big trend revolved around these two categories. We understand the focus on warmth — we saw some record-breaking winter temperatures this year, especially in London, so why not start shopping for next season in the chicest manner possible?

Meanwhile, the '70s as a trend certainly isn't a novel idea, though it was a surprise to see that every city embraced it with the same enthusiasm (as I did haha). London was an exciting mix of everything from the '60s through to the '90s, but the Me' Decade was the overwhelming winner of the season. Thus, it was no surprise for me to choose a '70s outfit for London Fashion Week. This time I attended the Phoebe English and Jacob Birge shows, both in wonderful settings.
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Photos by: FashionWearBook
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Using an unconventional variety of hi-tech fabrics and materials, Jacob Birge presented a quirky autumn/winter 2015 collection at the Freemasons’ Hall for London Fashion Week. The new looks featured belted jackets and cut-out detailing.
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Central Saint Martin’s graduate Phoebe English is a new name to watch. Her collection was conceptual, but underneath all the beautiful layers of draped netting, knotted tulle and gathered latex skirts there were plenty of wearable pieces - corduroy shorts, asymmetric dresses and great high-waist, wide-leg black trousers.
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26 February 2015

LFW Day 2

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February was a crazy month, a whirlwind to be honest but Fashion Week season is always such a burst of inspiration and creativity when it comes to styling. For the second day I decided to put together some of my favorite clothing items and create a modern day Geisha inspired look. 

This time I attended three shows (Jasper Conran, Pavane and Zeynep Kartal) at relatively small difference of time from one another and of course, they had to be in completely different locations! Imagine me, wearing stilettos and a kimono, running in and out of the car every 30 minutes.. haha. So here's a look at how second day of fashion week went. Busier indeed, but definitely fun!
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A designer who’s captivated audiences with his creations for almost 30 years, this season Jasper Conran led us in to an autumnal woodland. Crispy leaves in bottle green and golden brown lay scattered on the catwalk, hinting at the colour schemes we’d soon see paraded up and down. With warm orange lighting illuminating the backdrop, the show began, highlighting the key trends for AW15/16. A palette that spans all things plum, navy, olive & mulberry - Conran waxed lyrical with a plethora of contrasting layered fabrics: cashmere, velvet, sheepskin. Oh my!

The British designer cleverly styled his collection to demonstrate the dramatic effect layering different textures in the same colour palette can have. Proportions were played with as neat long sleeves emerged from billowing chunky-knit jumpers, rich plum furs looked even more lavish against crenelated pleats, and thick suede collars stood proud atop thin roll neck jumpers. The models’ retro-inspired hair and high-heeled Mary Jane peep toe sandals added a generous helping of 1920's vibe to the collection.
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Elegance, sophistication and sharp tailoring were all on show as Pavane unveiled its autumn/winter 2015 collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Saturday. Where Pavane’s third season told of a Parisian love story – one that unfolded in crumpled bed linen and faded bedroom wallpaper, a lovers overcoat and languid sheer slips – AW15 seemed to tell the next chapter in the tale: a more reflective, solemn and dark one. Structured coats, flowing dresses and sharp shirts and suit trousers in colours such as khaki, midnight blue and forest green worked together for a feminine yet timeless and classic collection.

A tailored khaki coat, nipped in at the waist was paired with striking lemon yellow heels while voluminous draping was seen in a pair of beautiful flowing wide legged trousers worn with a double breasted suit jacket with oversized lapels. Subtle pleat detailing on shirts and skirts, designed to mimic birds wings, also inserted some excitement into the inky shades. A thoughtful, elegant exploration of texture and tailoring!
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Freemasons' Hall was the perfect setting for Zeynep Kartal’s enchanting collection. Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, Narnia, the models descended upon the catwalk in exquisitely feminine gowns crystallized with icy sequins and embellishments. The colour palette unfolded in hues of soft whites, muted greens, and blues with flashes of metallic grey. The dresses themselves were beautifully fitted, elegantly draping from the models as they floated down the runway. Contrasting with the fine lace and silk materials of the dresses were the metallic belts, almost resembling armor; combined with black over-the-knee cut out gladiator boots, they echoed an element of strength set against the otherwise delicate dresses. In this collection, Kartal was able to capture not only the feminine silhouette, but also an underlying sense of power and confidence.

Another aspect of the gowns that stood out was the ostrich feather hem along the bodies of two dresses. It reflected the setting of the fictional Narnia universe in a subtle way, and gave the dresses an added edge. There was a omnipresent sense of fantasy that Kartal created, every dress adding something different to the show and really portraying Kartal’s idea of the “battle between good and evil, day and night, light and dark”.

The AW15 presentation from Zeynep Kartal was a truly stunning affair. The collection truly represented modern femininity and Zeynep is definitely a designer to keep your eye on.

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