London Fashion Week – AW17

London Fashion Week – AW17

 

Hey, Fashionistas, so I really didn’t think I would have time to see any of the shows this season due to how busy I’ve been. February started off with a bang and what a wonderful prosperous month it’s been. (more please more.) Lots of commissioned work, the most recent has been designing and making a one-off piece for a dancer on a music video which I intend on blogging as soon as I get the all clear. Nevertheless, I managed to squeeze in some time and caught a morning show by Toga at the Guildhall Art Gallery and a presentation by Natasha Zinko at the Somerset House. Both collections were very innovative, playful and quirky. Natasha Zinko played around with the 80s style theme so lots of shoulder pads, the ultimate power dressing accompanied with pastel coloured fur coats and polka dot dresses. Toga’s collection was also very playful and creative. The collection was a blend of tailored pieces and embellishment in the form of brooches. Toga put brooches to excellent use, flashing splashes of beads and sparkle on bags, decorated in the hair and on the collage cut and paste pieces. Out of the two shows, Toga was definitely my favourite.

 

Toga

Toga is a Japanese label headed by Yasuo Furuta and before Fashion Week I was not aware of this incredible label. It’s definitely one to see next season. Toga and Natasha Zinko had a similar theme, both had tweed, brooches, pins and fur accessories. However, Toga brought a Paris kind of cool edge to the ‘heritage tweed look’ and created pieces that followed a beat of their own. A rich colour palette of autumn reds and golds mix harmoniously with faded greens and noble greys. A Cut-and-paste to collage effect with ornamental decoration and dramatic cuts, unexpected holes and slits, Toga’s collection kept me on my toes lol. The sparkly brooch explosions brought a sassy and feminine touch ‘softening’ the structured tailored forms.  There was also a heavy emphasis on arms and sleeves gloves or something pretending to be. Lol. This collection really made you rethink exactly what and how a garment works. There were also elevated daywear, this had texture and depth and plenty of nighttime shine. Toga is my new favourite can’t wait for next season. In the meantime, I’m going over to their Instagram account to like all their images and patiently wait for SS18.

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Natasha Zinko AW17

Ode to the 80's - Ultimate power dressing

Natasha Zinko AW17

Black PVC trousers with a fur cube hand bag

Natasha Zinko AW17

Polka dots and pins

Natasha Zinko AW17

Gorgeous mix of tweed

Toga - @ Guildhall Art Gallery

Yellow Jumpsuit - Asos | Leather Jacket - Zara | Ankle Boots - Zara |

Toga AW17

Embellishment galore!!

Trend Alert - Pastel shade suits

Leather, tweed and scrumptious sparkly bits.

Pastel boxy hand bags with gorgeous brooches.

Trend Alert - Tweed and pastel shades

Cut outs and inserts with thigh high black boots

Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

Winter coats take centre stage in our seasonal wardrobe, so its essential that we find one that not only looks good but keeps us warm on those long cold winter nights. When I first came across my now favourite yellow coat, it broke all of my usual rules. I normally go for something versatile, warm and snug, and something that can be used as a transitional piece for the next season.

We are often told that pastels and bright colours are meant for the warmer months. So my challenge in buying this coat was to make it as versatile and season appropriate as possible. I was about to find out exactly how to make yellow work in the coldest of seasons.

As you may or may not know I try not to let trends dictate what I wear. However I like to keep my eye on the radar for special trends such as the ‘Sweet and Sour’ trend which was featured in some of the shows this season.

The ’Sweet and Sour trend is a colour clash of pastels and vivid bright colours alongside a masculine cut or a 1960s detailing.  In my opinion Prada, and Christian Dior demonstrated this very well this season so I decided to take some inspiration from this.

In keeping with the look I styled the yellow coat with a baby pink cashmere turtle neck, grey high waisted skinny jeans and a gladiator- esque high heeled shoes, and not forgetting the shades. The colour combinations reminded me of bubble gum and lemons, you can’t get anymore sweet and sour than that.

I paid homage to 1960s styling by making use of the turtle neck and round shaped sunglasses and kept it modern with the use of skinny jeans and the heels.

That’s all for now guys but look out for my next post. I’ll be showing you how accessories can be added to this coat to create a very different look altogether.

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Coat - Zara | Cashmere Polo neck - Brora | Skinny Jeans - All Saints | Shoes - Zara | Sunglasses - Other Stories | Bag - Zara |
Photos by CANO