As they say, the devil is the details, and to really appreciate high-end luxury fashion, its the details that make the difference between high street and designer. From the rich luxurious fabric that they have used, down to the detailing of the bead work and stitching. Here are few inspiration for you.
Last day of London Fashion Week, unfortunately I couldn’t make days 3or 4, but what a way to end Fashion week. I was blown away by the extremely talented Marko Mitanovski, his Autumn/Winter collection was what I could describe as avant-garde elegance.
Inspired by the human skeleton, the ghoulish, zombie looking models took to the catwalk covered in paint, adorned in latex and leather. To add to the unique artistry of this show, the models features were obscured completely by shiny oil paint, and their faces accessorised with black diamond-like facial jewels. Undisputedly the most stunning show seen this season, with the haunting walk of the models, the almost demonic like distorted music, theatrical, sculptural creations and the dark body paint, all combined, created a beautiful mystical allure.
Marko made it impossible for the audience to take their eyes off of his imposing avant-garde shapes, of which he drew his inspiration from nature, birds, reptile skeletons, and further imbued with architecture juxtaposed with historical Renaissance and the Victorian era. The London based Serbian designer showcased elements outside of fashion, to create overtly original pieces that transformed into astonishing almost wearable art. While his collection was based on many different influences, Marko’s visionary decision to paint the models in black was simply down to his taste in colour. He was quoted to have said: “I chose to do the whole collection in black because it’s my favourite colour.
I also caught the Emilio De La Morena show again. It was good to see him back on track, using luxurious rich velvets, reminiscent of last years AW collection where he designed a stunning red velvet swing dress. The tone was darker than usual, using black as his key collection colour, injecting royal blues and cherry reds, with his signature frills. A beautiful embroider black coat is definitely on my wish list for next season.
A little bit of a cold day on the saturday, so I let the coat dictate the outfit again. The coat is a classic, and i feel I feel a little 80’s power dressing here, but I think the loose leather trousers give it a more modern feel.
Coat and Gloves, Marks and Spencer; Trousers, Boots and Sweater, Zara; Bag, Dolce And Gabbana; Necklace, Vintage
On saturday I was back under the arches of Somerset House. The leaves on the catwalk hinted to expect an autumnal them, ahead of the Jasper Conran show. Conran has been thinking about the sort of girl who’s always elegant and appropriately attired, whatever the weather or occasion. The kind of girl you want to be. This winter, Conran plans to cloak you in richness – from the palette to the embellishment and fabrics. Plum, mulberry, russet, navy, olive and rich brown were cut with the occasional bright print – violet pansies or geometric citrus – green hexagons – in a plethora of tactile fabrics: heavy cashmere wool; haircalf; patchworked suede; sheepskin; silk and devoré velvet.
Boudoir glam was the theme at Holly Fultpn’s show. Frothy-edged lounge coats that boasted crystals at their cuffs and collars, bouffant hair and slip-style or prom dresses beneath, shimmering at the strap or by sequins trickling down them. Holly Fulton took her inspiration this afternoon from TV melodrama Tales of the Unexpected, among other eclectic references. “We were looking at pictures of women and cats in the Sixties,” she said by way of fun and “off-kilter” (the buzzword of the show) explanation.
This year I also went to shows, organised by Fashion Scout that house some emerging designers, that we should be keeping an eye out for. Set in the stunning Freemasons Hall, first up for me was the Mimi Tran show, where the models strutted alluringly down the runway, their Rita Hayworth curls bouncing seductively to the beat. Delicate layers of lace, sequins and geometric print enveloped the models in long thigh-split gowns and equally in shorter more flirty versions.Tight and body-conscious silhouettes meant the focus was on the intricate detailing of floral embellishments and decadent beadwork. The sheer white wedding dress finale complete with lace trimmed veil and delicate beadwork was a showstopper.
Inspired by a woodland theme, Jan embraced the forest and bought it to us at Fashion Scout. The whole range bought together the practicality of fashion, but seemed to go hand in hand with the elegance of women. I just loved the chunky knit jumpers and tight fitted skirts, they really were the star pieces from this collection. Apu Jan put a new spin on the classic wooly jumper, showing that it can be sexy too.
For any blogger, you’re outfit always matters, but i’ve found over the last couple of years comfort also comes into it. Sure it’s great to wear some 6inch stilettos, but believe me its no fun for your feet on those cobbled pavements at Somerset House! Also staying warm too is important, particularly with the ever increasing amount of Street style photographers asking to to take your picture, you can be there for hours posing! So this year, I decided it would be all about the coat, and let the coat dictate the outfit.
So this is me bright an early Friday morning, in my baby blue coat, and then rest just flowed…
Coat, Marks and Spencer; Bag and Shoes, Chanel; Tights, Forever 21; Skirt, Topshop; Sweater, Ted Baker
So as some of you long time followers know, I live for London Fashion Week, its like Santa coming to town twice in one year! I feel very privileged that I am able to go and experience the collections first hand. It’s also great to see how some of these young designers have grown over the last few years, and how their career has developed. H
The first show I attended on Friday last week, was J. JS Lee. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she came to London to take the Post Graduate Pattern Course at Central Saint Martin in 2007. And after her two years of working as a pattern cutter at Kisa London she came back to study at Central Saint Martin for her MA degree.
Inspired by her childhood and in particular the memory of her mother hand-stitching garments, Lee wanted to create a “woman as a bit different and on the eccentric side. She has tomboyish characteristics but as a woman she has a feminine sensitivity, which she brings to her work,” said Lee, on describing her collection. There was a good dose of sexiness here too, gently rippling wide pleats fronting dresses and sinuous silhouettes for knits and lithe long dresses.
After a few hours wait from the morning show, I was off to Eudon Choi. Eudon is an absolute master at outerwear, it’s what he’s built his label on since he launched it back in 2009. Solid leather jackets with geometric configurations inspired by the Japanese architectural movement Metabolism came out and were combined with Seventies flares in wallpaper florals of teal and shocking pink.
Next romance was in the air, with floaty chiffon ladies wafting down the Catwalk, with a Victorian/ seventies edge to them. You almost smell the lilies and the roses. Black gothic and lace territory, filtered into pretty lilacs and opulent gold for pussy-bow-billowing blouses and natty little jackets. As ever, his warrior women marched out in parade for the finale.
One of my favourites of the day. Do you know I have been wearing tho label since I was eleven, and still have those pieces which I can still squeeze into! This season it stepped away from its usual classic checks, and pushed Daks boundaries into the future. Girls clad in biker caps, natty Sixties colour-blocked shifts and quilted biker jackets and gilets took to the catwalk.
“It’s completely different,” said creative director Filippo Scuffi, a much bolder approach has been taken. There were softer moments too – the tulip printed skirts to contrast the tough biker chick persona that set the scene. And while the proposition seemed a lot bolder overall, that was mostly down to the styling – there were actually plenty of classic and softer pieces among the line-up.