While Milan gets ready to roar into its second day of fashion week, we reflect of the highlights of what has been a memorable season for London Fashion Week.
LFW SS17 presented us with a full circle of creativity, innovation and beautiful creations which we will certainly keep seeing, mentioning and – possibly – wearing in the next few months.
Here’s a round up of our highlights:
We Pulled Over at PA5H.
Founded by Marangoni graduate Dasha Pashevkina in 2014, PA5H is a contemporary luxury brand with the ultimate aim of re-articulating urban street style.
Focusing on quality textiles, combined in unexpected ways, and sometimes cut down to their very core, Pashevkina manipulated the shapes of the ss17 collection in order to create a progressive transition from masculine to feminine.
We read a Chinese fairy tale at Angel Chen.
The Chinese designer, often described as ‘Asian Punk’ by the press, really channelled her heritage in her ss17 collection. Inspired by the ancient Shan Hai Jing – historic text depicting various stories of monsters from land and sea – Chen featured iconic symbols and characters from the book in her design, via embellishments and an original illustrated embroidery by Angel herself.
Known for her experimentation with fabrics, Chen pushed her desire for innovation even further, achieving an outstanding level of detail.
We visited a human exhibition at Faustine Steinmetz.
Uber creative textile master Faustine Steinmetz chose to showcase her ss17 collection with a museum-like presentation. Featuring gorgeous mermaid-looking models, dressed in denim as you’ve never seen it before, and laying on shelves to be admired, Faustine gave the audience the perfect opportunity to admire the beauty of her work up close and personal. Each mannequin showcasing a different stage of textile experimentation, the models shone in the blue neon light, their outfits encrusted in Swarovski crystals.
Images via Dazed.
We took a trip to Greece with Mary Katrantzou.
Mary Katrantzou was one of the many designers this season to get inspired by her own heritage and background, resulting in an extremely personal, striking collection. Her signature optical prints were highlighted this season by the use of extra-large sequins and strategic accessories.
Images via Wonderland.
We revisited the concept of footwear at Christopher Kane.
Kane is known to do just what he feels like doing, design what he’s inspired to design and consider trends as nothing more than an option he might glimpse at from time to time. For ss17, Kane provided us with an incredible showcase which just did it all: flowers, innovative textiles, a hint of punk and – get ready – crocs. That’s correct, the inventive designer took a chance on revisiting what are possibly the most criticised footwear ever. Distilled coolness.
Images via Vogue Runway.
We felt very cool at Ashley Williams.
Oversize to the point of no return and filled with sass and slogans was Ashley William’s ss17 collection. Popping colours such as bubble-gum pink and bright yellow were balanced by subtle greys and contrasting black and whites. Puffy sleeves popped out of shirts and dresses, all secured by an embellished belt in memory of a feminine shape.
We met the future of fashion at Fashion East.
One of our all time favourites, Fashion East has been showcasing some of the most promising creatives and new members of the fashion industry for years now. This season, the podium was left to four designers…
AV Robertson, whose sheer blouses and romantically floral textiles transported us into a decadent garden of Eden.
Matty Bovan, who’s explosive creativity never fails to impress and almost shock. In a seemingly chaotic yet perfectly coherent patchwork of fabrics, threads and accessories, Bovan gave us an insight on how the most extreme fashionistas of the future might look like. You better start layering.
Mimi Wade, displayed a sweet and grungy feeling in her designs. Conservative shapes jazzed up by cherry prints and coloured hair and animal prints. This is for the sweetest underground ladies.
And Richard Malone, who’s clean shapes, block colours, straight stripes and beautifully sculpted pieces were the cherry on top of the whole Fashion East showcase. Clean lines with a twist, monochrome made fun by the interesting colour pallet, Malone really captured our attention with his balance between extreme and wearable, feminine and androgynous, sharp and soft.