Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Day 1 LFW Lulu Liu A/W 14/15 - Innovation in Bloom

There was a real buzz at Freemason Hall on the first day of London Fashion Week AW14/15. We waited patiently for Lulu Liu's premier of her AW 14/15 collection and we were not disappointed. What a show it was. An intern at Alexander McQueen and Giles Deacon two very contrasting British fashion names one could see their influence at play in this collection. I particularly loved her print designs. The white architectural silhouettes worked well too and contrasted well with her modern kimono referenced print designs.   
Fashion educated at the London College of Fashion this is Lulu Liu's 5th season at London Fashion week for AW14/15.  A talented designer she came over from China in 2008 at the beginning of the mammoth economic boom in her home country.
She developed her signature style of quirky tailoring mixing East and Western influences to create a unique style all of her own. Recognised by the fashion establishment in London Lulu Liu has been exhibited at the V&A as well as the British Royal Ballet. 

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Day 1 - London Fashion Week AW14 'PINGHE Perfect' !

On Friday evening in Freemason Hall Covent Garden PINGHE presented her  Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. 

At the start of the show, the colour palette was monotone, black and white with deep reds, and accents of shimmering gold and gummetal metallic. The silhouette was clean and lean, the look space age muse with a strong sense of femininity. Key items were the structured skater and fluted pencil skirts, combined of course with sneakers (an interesting element that we are seeing a lot in catwalks is the mixture of sports concepts with luxury elements). The richness of this collection is in the textures. The fabric textures and contrasts were mixed in a inteligent way: neoprene, molten leathers, transparence plastics, softness of furs and heavy wools, everything tuned in and worked in a symbiotic way.

The ethereal image of the models was conceived by Bill Watson, Toni&Guy artistic team curated the hairstyles and Jo Sugarand's team created the make up.

A Beautiful collection! Congratulations!

With thanks to Sandra Gorina for covering this show for fashiontent this season.

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This is only Pinghe's 2nd season and her collection is already stocked in Harvey Nichols London.

Here is last seasons report

Day 3 - London Fashion Week AW14 Kristian Aadnevik - 'Glamour Clamor'

When I arrived at the Kristian Aadnevik show on Sunday night, a vodka-fuelled cocktail party was in full swing and it wasn’t hard to imagine you had arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia, the city that inspired the AW14 collection. Eastern European beauties cloaked in fur and Louboutins rubbed shoulders with glamourous London socialites, many of whom were wearing his designs.

The collection itself was loved by its audience, particularly its star-studded front row, which included cast members from Made in Chelsea and Meet the Russians. It was easy to see the connection with the Georgian inspiration as Baroque, Classical and Persian artistic styles that are so often found in Georgian architecture were weaved together to create beautiful and intricate lace and silk chiffon dresses. Despite an eclectic reference point, the collection was uniquely identifiable as Kristian Aadnevik, with the label’s signature leather and studs contrasting with the delicate designs.

Particularly striking pieces were a smoky blue-violet silk chiffon gown with black lace sleeves, a gold lace corset dress and a jacket in a black and gold baroque print, which was arguably one of the most wearable pieces from the collection. Another notable piece was a powder grey fur coat with diamante detailing at the elbows that had several people in the front row ready to order it at first glance.

Whilst the collection didn’t particularly offer anything new or innovative in terms of design, it was rather refreshing to see a collection at London Fashion Week that was unashamed in its glamour, femininity and beauty, something normally more at home at Milan Fashion Week. Fans of the label’s previous collections will not have been disappointed and it will no doubt soon be making appearances on the red carpet and pages of top magazines the world over. I’m already excited for the next collection from Kristian Aadnevik. 

With thanks to Sophie Hollins fashiontent's original 'Girl about town' for reviewing this show.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

London Fashion Week A/W14 - Looking forward to more shows today

Day one of London Fashion Week was not marred by the bad weather and high winds. When you are surrounded by so much creativity and super people to chat to the weather gets forgotten.
High lights were the fantastic and innovative talent showed cased at Freemasons Hall with Fashion Scout. All the shows were good yesterday however the 'Ones to Watch' really impressed us all. Each collection was contrastingly unique and clever twists of tailoring/knit ingenuity translating into very wearable pieces. I will review the collections later here and for STATUS magazine to be published soon. Off now to see more shows.

Watch this space.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

New York Fashion week AW14 - Jenni Kayne & muse Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

My favorite American designer from the New York shows

I had not heard of Jenni Kayne until I started to look through the show reports from Autumn Winter 14 New York Fashion Week. There is a relaxed easy to wear confidence to her clothes. Kayne is based in LA where she began designing at just 19. Her woman is understated and sexy. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy if alive would have been the perfect muse for this collection. A much forgotten style icon I have always admired Carolyn Bessette's  'less is more' classic style.  

This is the only collection I have viewed where the model is wearing sunglasses - it adds to the easy unpretentious glamour of the look!

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