London Fashion Week SS16
Freedom and Creativity in the heart of London, Soho
Body Language... at Jean-Pierre Braganza
This collection combines element of fine art, architecture and sculpture blended with the fashion elements to create the perfect walking piece of ensemble. Evocative of the Bauhaus movement, there is a mix of draping, deconstruction and structure with unfinished hems and splashes of bright colours such as blue, red and yellow combined with monochrome, which creates the perfect day into night dress, low neckline and cut out also give an art deco mood to a simply stylish accomplished compilation of ideas.
Let's get Physical... at Julian MacDonald
The historic Smithfield market with it's Victorian arches is the place of choice for Julien MacDonald to show his spring summer collection of invariably sexy and unconventional pieces. A space age encounter of glistening models with wet hair and gladiator armour details in some of the dresses. The laser cut and web knits are of intricate ingenuity. Party pieces and red carpet gowns are as always present and he shows us why as always, he is a master of his craft.
Pretty Woman... at Emilia Wickstead
Sophisticated and elegant Emilia Wickstead collections are consistently special and almost poetic. This is no exception, with a touch of the 1950's, full capes, drawstring sleeves, big skirts and loose coats. The candy colour stripes, pretty florals, soft geometric patterns and a dash of mustard bring vibrancy to the delicate palette of colours the embroidered eyelashes deliver a surrealist element. A two tone coat which is original yet wearable are amongst the many exquisite and modern pieces, a collection for all artists and minds alike.
Let’s Dance... at Gareth Pugh
Taking place at the new location for London Fashion Week, the Berwick Street Carpark in Soho is Gareth Pugh upbeat show and the energy is electrifying and so is the collection with red being the signature colour, sequins shorts and jackets,candy stripe and assymetrical cut, long fringes separates on the gowns to reveal latex leggings, white plastic see through trench coats and the finale were dresses with actual copper pennies sewn into the clothes, a lean and a mean silhouettes with towering heels and exaggerated fitted shapes and a stretch nylon mask with abstract make up and spiky wigs, wild, wild is the night...
Summertime and the loving is easy... at Temperley London
A south American theme for Temperley London with a carefree lifestyle and a refreshing approach for summer 2016, flowing through each pieces is a brilliantly executed craftsmanship with broderie anglaise and appliqué of tropical flowers, palm tree prints and carefully placed tassels, mirrors and bows. As we are carried away to Havana for inspiration, the Panama hat gives a stylish twist to these exotic and flowing dresses. Soft Tailoring and loose trousers are worn with waistcoat and bare arms, a complete and beautiful bohemian rhapsody.
Sculpted Lux... at Antonio Berardi
An artistic appreciation of the female form and clothes with a great energy, a fusion of the designer Sicilian roots and British influences, Antonio Berardi creates fascinating pieces for the confident and feminine woman. The mood is of vintage inspired patterns with see through blouses and flowing mini midi and maxi length dresses, simple or embellished dramatic evening wear and mannish suits of oversized proportions, sculpted and flowing on the body with shades of light blue, lemon, silver grey, gold, black and vermillion with strong graphic prints.It’s a woman’s world.
Gowns to Watch Girls walk by... at OSMAN
Love letters can be powerful and in this case it was a memorable one sent from the Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo to her lover Diego Riviera which influenced Osman's collection. Gaucho inspired looks with thick belts accentuating the waist paired with wide trousers sweeping skirts and strapless tops, crisp white shirts with ribbon neck ties, skirts with asymmetrical lines, bold prints, ruffles and a mix of black, white and red. A powerful woman runs through this collection ending it with Kahlo’s famous Tree of Life painting on a beautiful sunshine yellow dress. This is all about dress to Impress...
Playful moments... at Roksanda
The strength of the momentum in Roksanda collection is the ability to mix art and fashion in an abstract way and make it all look like a beautiful work of art. Inspired by the ballet with it's softness and strength the shapes are fluid and flowing over the body with loose strapless satin all in one, voluminous and softy sculpted dresses, big stiff bell shaped sleeves, ruffle dresses and optical effects of juxtaposing colours and contour in a delicate palette of soft pink, blue, cream and yellow. A bold use of colour in a feminine way.
Hall of Mirrors... at Anya Hindmarch
We are transported into the world of the very creative Anya Hindmarch, we are the spectators of this triangular shaped set lined with mirrors which is multiplying or even tripling every outfit, accessory, models and acrobatic dancers gracing the stage and creating an optical illusion of more and more. Bright vertical lines,a short fitted and loose silhouette, innovative lignes and shapes with designs reminiscent of the iconic 80's shopping brands. A mind blowing show with some statement additions and original presentation and never knowingly undersold as the logo says...
Smooth Operator... at Amanda Wakeley
Fabrics that you just want to caress and a sense of serenity with every looks that goes past on the runway. Amanda Wakeley label is celebrating 25 years and this collection shows just why she is the best at showcasing simplicity, structure, fluidity and elegance. This collection is inspired by the architect and artist Santiago Calatrava and similar to his work, it is sleek with a neofuturistic feel to it, from soft silver red carpet statement pieces to black and white separates or dusty pink pieces there is a lean,loose and confident silhouette which will flatter most shapes and brings a touch of cool calm and collected glamour.
Chic... at Ong-Oaj Pairam
With the greatly anticipated return of the Doll productions who support up and coming and talented designers, the On/Off schedule is back on. Ong-Oaj Pairam who was showing at the Cafe Royal in the opulent Pompadour room as created a truly beautiful collection. Inspired by the exotic and the comics of Tintin incorporating the classic shape of the 60’s adding his modern touch this designer is one of a kind,the attention is all in the details with luxurious fabrics, intricate hand embroideries, splendid linings and energetic bursts of colours. That you choose deluxe daywear with magnificent and comfortable fabrics or a flattering and extravagant all in one jumpsuit paired with an elegant jacket or even a soft suede trench coat reminiscing of a cool femme française or an imposing evening gown, which are Ong signature style, you will not be disappointed, this is couture and it's all made in the UK and whichever way you choose to wear it you will be dressed for success.