This week my college were lucky enough to have a visit from Designers David Longshaw and Kirsty Ward.
Having worked at houses such as MaxMara and Alberta Feretti and studied at the likes of MMU and CSM it was incredibly inspiring to hear how they made it into industry and what their inspirations were. Not only were they incredibly talented but they were also very funny and charismatic and pleasure to listen to.
Their collections include bright colours, statement jewellery and lots of curved lines creating a dynamic silhouette, very ‘Judy Wu’ (who’s shows I saw earlier this year at fashion week) esque!
See their work below.
Street style AW16
Showing on Soho Highstreet by This Is The Uniform.
Whilst in London I also attended the Judy Wu SS17 collection “Curve”.
The aim of the collection was to magnify “the beauty of femininity, empowering women in this increasing fragmented world.”
The word fragmented, was clearly a theme int he designs however they ran seamlessly into one stunning collection through the very clever use of curves and colour blocking. I feel the interesting textures of netting and plastic zips also helped to bring the clothes together and it was a very intelligent showing.
Similarly to the Asli Polat collection, there were lots of blue detailing on white garments so it will be exciting to see how this materialises in high street stores next spring.
This season also features the designer’s first ever handbag collection which is named Ling. The modern straps and neutral tones make for a very special bag indeed and I am desperate to get my hands on one!
The set truly made the show with mannequins almost as brightly coloured as the clothes and assistants in lab coats, truly confirming how calculated Judy’s collection was. It truly brought another, almost futuristic dimension to SS17 that I wasn’t expecting, but now, along with other audience members of the show I’m sure, I am highly anticipating it.
Massive thank you to the Judy Wu team for inviting me to the show, I’m so excited to attend future shows, what a truly wonderful collection it was.
On Saturday I attended the showing of Asli Polat‘s SS17 collection at the OnOff Vinyl Factory in Soho.
The show exceeded expectations with pastel coloured silk, ruffles and lots of floral (groundbreaking but classic) contrasting the ‘bondage’ tones with sheer fabrics, clear PVC and silver circular hardware.
“While the Asli Polat women retains an air of innocence this collection this collection flirts with sexual undertones”
My favourite piece was definitely the white dress with electric blue PVC braces. The way the purity of the white complimented the darkness of the sexual PVC was extremely well thought out.
Overall, Polat presents a very sophisticated collection of designs with a fresh and feminine colour pallet yet still very new and upcoming trends for next SS incorporated into classic spring concepts.
A truly stunning collection, thank you Asli for having me and I am excited to see what you do next!
So tomorrow I’m heading down to London Fashion Week for the first time, like most of my friends and family you’re probably thinking.. what on earth? Well here’s how I did it:
- Visit www.londonfashionweek.com and find the press contact list for the shows, there will be a spreadsheet on there somewhere.
- Send every address an email, including a link to your blog and your address (don’t forget your address! or you wont receive invitations!) Explain in the email that you are very interested in fashion and excited you are to see their recent collections. Basically share your ‘passion for fashion’ and if you really are passionate, it will shine through. These are the types of people designers want at their shows.
- Honestly, I had forgotten I had sent these emails, then the week before the show I got sent various invitations to my rather hungover surprise, so I booked my train tickets and I leave tomorrow.
Don’t ask, don’t get!
Only trouble you have then, is deciding what to wear.
((Actual photo of me in a strop, in the zara changing rooms, the day before fashion week))
See you at February fashion week then?
For the first time in history (God knows why) NYFW saw a revolutionary collection from Jakarta based Anniesa Hasibuan which included all of the models wearing hijab. In Jakarta, almost every native wears a hijab so obviously those who are fashion focused want to style them properly, this is why it perplexes me that this hasn’t been done before. I absolutely love this collection for the micro-pleats, embroidery and pastels anyway (especially the velvet flares!) but bringing the designer’s and so many other people’s culture into it gives it a wonderful twist and it was definitely as standout way to end NYFW.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: A model walks the runway at the Anniesa Hasibuan during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
It would be so interesting to see other religions and cultures integrated into collections at fashion week.
Welcome to my NYFW stand out for Friday 9th September 2016, honestly I probably won’t be doing these everyday but I especially loved Red Valentino and thought it would make a good post today.
DISCLAIMER: This post probably isn’t the best example, but this fashion month I am going to try and make a point on the non “mainstream” designers, but today Valentino was definitely my fave over Jason Wu (although it was stunning)
The SS17 Collection features lots of retro vibes through flared denim jumpsuits, block coloured patterns and Tommy Hilfiger SS16-esque crotchet details. Valentino predicts bomber jackets will still be in next summer (yeow!) and that skinny jeans will be departing as the flares are only getting bigger and bigger.
As usual Valentino embraces romanticism in his RED line, after all, it does stand for Romantic, Eccentric Dress. Nothing gives me a fuzzier feeling than seeing white, flowy sheer blouses in for next summer and I am so excited to wear them!
I will say however, I was not a massive fan of the pink flamingo prints, probably because I despise animal graphics but hey I’m sure someone will rock them.
Here are my top 5: