Fashion fabric designer/maker

Sunday, 1 March 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15: why I adore fashion week, and London specifically

This season I didn't actually make it to LFW and yet it was, in many ways, my favourite so far. Since graduating from uni in June, I've started numerous projects and sketchbooks and let them all tail off. And since LFW AW15 I've designed/made 3 different neoprene digital prints, made one neoprene printed clutch, one digitally printed maxi dress, 12 new designs and have another metre of digitally printed fabric arriving tomorrow to be made into a dress. It's reasonably safe to say I've been entirely re-inspired.

And it's for that reason that I LOVE London fashion week; it's fresh, exciting and inventive like no other city. New designers are always emerging at LFW, established designers are always pushing the boundaries to create something different (plastic paisley parkas at Mary Katrantzou? Amazing). It's impossible to not be inspired watching the textures, colours, techniques, styling, music, set design and concepts that go into the LFW collections. I've shared some of my absolute favourites from this season & why I love them here!

Ashley Williams has just grown bigger and better throughout her career. Still fresh as ever, bizarre prints that seem to summarise what we didn't even know we were vibing, beautiful textures and girls who walk with amazing attitude.

Shrimps blew me away because of how beautifully the set contrasted with the pastel-bright faux furs. The details were absolutely charming too - a diamanté pin in a pink kilt, green faux fur, Sophia Webster collab faux fur trimmed shoes. Magical.

As I've already mentioned, Mary Katrantzou proved that she is full of much more than just digital prints, pushing all the boundaries with a baby pink foam cube runway and tinsel-filled hoods. It represented what LFW is best known for: innovation.

Claire Barrow drove her handpainted illustrations and screen printed garments into the new season with ease, combining them with beading and texture to give them an edge. The windswept presentation was beautiful, giving her dark designs an almost ethereal side. And those earrings, woah.

I interned for Ryan Lo for SS15 (blogged about here), and so have followed him since then to see where he'd go. This collection is by far his best. It's entirely grown up and refined, without losing the saccharine style that upholds the Ryan Lo girl. Frozen princesses, Russian furs and genuinely interesting cuts of dresses make this a pretty seriously amazing collection.

THE RUFFLES, THE DARK LIPS, THE PRINTS! I don't need to say anymore.

As ever, the CSM MA show was phenomenal. For me, Matty Bovan completely stole the show with his decaying giant glitter knits and exciting use of colour and texture around form. They're all so talented. So inspiring. 

Image via Dazed Digital

Mary Benson's AW15 show was, quite possibly, my favourite (though I say that every time I see each of these). The neon boxes, painted on t-shirts, Bowie references, metallics, lurex socks & heels, ruffle trims with frayed denim, roughed up hair, long nails, eyebrow art and bohemian/gang attitude was beautiful. I adored it.

Hope you loved some of these too! Watch out for my own LFW inspired designs which will be up in an editorial on my magazine, HOT BLOOD magazine, soon 

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