LFW – Apu Jan AW18

LFW – Apu Jan AW18

 

Hey Fashionistas!! Its been a minute, how are you all doing?? My first blog post of 2018!!! I know I know forgive me.

So this time last week I looked at my 3 invites, and was trying to decided where I could squeeze in a show or two. I’ve been very busy lately however I was determined not to miss Fashion Week, I was going to see some shows no matter what.

Well I was late to 2 but managed to see 1 and it just happened to be one of my favourites. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad!!

London Fashion Week for me is all about the creativity, the undiscovered, the young bloods who are hungry for the spotlight the ‘Off Schedule’ shows. Please read my piece on why I love the ‘Off Schedule’ shows.  

Home of 'Off Schedule' Fashion

Vintage Coat - Portobello Market | Green Jumper - Uniqlo | Trousers - Primark | Shoes - ASOS |

Apu Jan is one of my favourite labels and every season feels like a continuation of the one before. Unlike other young labels Apu Jan’s brand identity is very strong. They know who they are and are consistent every season. Their colour palette never really change from season to season, they’re very consistent and creative in the textures they use, the shape, and scale they create. They’re playful with their materials and always use juxtapose fabrics and textures to create elegance, and timeless pieces. There’s always an element of the Far East cleverly woven through the collection.

Here are a few that caught my eye tell me what you think below.   Rx

Mixing of unusual fabrics

Traditional Eastern Asia shapes

 

 

London Fashion Week – SS18

London Fashion Week – SS18

 

The London Fashion Week ship has long sailed away, onto #MFW and I’m still here trying to sum it all up. #betterlatethannever

This season, London Fashion Week featured more than 100 designers from different parts of the world. It drew in more high-profile brands than ever before. Labels such as Emporio Armani, which hasn’t had a show in London for about 10 years. Tommy Hilfiger which moved from his usual slot in NFWK and first-time shows such as the elegant Couturissimo whom I had the pleasure of attending and also the knitwear womenswear label Sabinna.  It’s definitely great to see London challenging rival cities on the global style scene: it’s proof that our city is an international cultural and creative hub. With 100 designers being featured this season, the need for a place to unwind in between shows was crucial. My in-between shows hub was at the Felicities PR Lounge, where I used to update my instastories, charge my phone and catching up with fellow fashionistas.

 

 

Couturissimo

Couturissimo is a fashion platform that delivers support and provides sustainability for the couture industry while broadening the reach of couture designers through a collaborative approach to limited edition collections. The SS18 collection was shown at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, it was created with the spirit of couture at its heart by a collective of couture designers. With accessible price points and global access to unique collections through their website, this new direction hopes to attract a new generation of couture fans.

 

 

The couture industry, forever in constant transformation has found itself at a crossroads between the traditional and the contemporary with Couturissimo providing a sustainable bridge that links the past and the future. Much like the English founder of Haute Couture, Charles Frederick Worth, London based Couturrismo is pioneering a new era of fashion innovation. The brand’s goal is to provide greater access to beautifully crafted, quality collections that capture the spirit of couture at a price that is within reach of the modern woman.

The artistic geniuses behind Parisian brand OnAura Tout Vu, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, have overseen a team of couture designers to deliver the beautifully imagined SS18 collection. Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who has created masterpieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, has worked closely alongside Sebastien Gunawan, the pioneer of ‘fashion-culture’ in Indonesia, as part of the international team contributing to this season’s collection. The SS18 Couturissimo collection conveyed the principal codes of luxury and couture via high fashion designs, ultra-feminine cuts, a demanding level of fabrication, motifs embroidery and original prints but at a more democratic price point than traditional couture gowns.

Sabinna

 

Sabinna - SS18 / Catwalk + Presentation

Lovely catching up with @AdrienneLdn

Fashionistas!!

 

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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

LFW SS17 – My Off-Schedule experience.

LFW SS17 – My Off-Schedule experience.

 

As your reading this I’m recovering from my weekend of Style, Catwalk, Fashion and more Fashion and what a season it’s been. I had the pleasure of being invited to a few of the shows during the weekend of London Fashion Week and by the final day, I needed naps in-between the shows. to recover lol. I thoroughly enjoyed whizzing around London going from one show to another trying to make it on time, and being ‘fashionably late’.

This is undeniably an exciting time of the year for any fashion lover whether you have access to the shows or simply watching coverage online or reading the newspapers on the different designers showing. It’s a time of year where international editors, buyers, and bloggers land in London for the shows. There’s undoubtedly much excitement to see some of the British design greats and what they’ve decided we’ll be wearing for spring/summer 17. Paul Smith,  Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and many more.

However given London is the most creative, dynamic, energetic of the fashion cities – and undeniably the place for fresh young design talent- why not dedicate a couple of hours to check out some of the off-schedule shows? You’ll discover some of the industry’s newest, most exciting talent and possibly spot the next big thing taking flight.

Here are some major reasons to consider off-schedule shows next season at London Fashion Week.

 

Rocky Star - SS17

1. It gives you a good perspective of the new talent out there, as many of the new designers come from the Middle East, China, Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, as well as the UK. The off-schedule scene is an international one and has a constant stream of inspirational and creativity from start to finish. This year i saw the collection of Rocky Star from India, FeiFei Cicada from China, Ashley Isham from Singapore, Apu Jan from Taiwan and Han Wen from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Apu Jan - SS17

2. Fashion Scout is known for hosting and nurturing the most exciting designers from around the globe. Recent big names from its shows have been Peter Pilotto, Felder Felder, David Koma, Eudon Choi and Agi & Sam to pick just a few, which means its more than likely you’ll see the early the making of a huge design star.

Han Wen - Merit Award winner 2016

3. Ones to Watch is my favourite as its one of the most exciting shows on the off-schedule line up along with the Merit award, which Han Wen won this year. It provides new designers with a fantastic opportunity to get their business off the ground via financial and expert business support every season. For me, Ones to Watch has always been one of the best off-schedule shows, and the collections themselves are full of unique ideas. It’s also nice to support new design talent.

Ashley Isham - SS17

4. If you’re looking for something avant-garde and fun - and certainly less commercial then the off-schedule is where it’s at. In the times I’ve been attending, I’ve seen some truly memorable shows. Pam Hogg is a favourite of mine, she embodies the punk spirit in her designs and in her shows, always very exciting and creative.

Fei Fei Cicada - SS17 at the V&A

5. The vibe is generally a little more relaxed. Whether you’re a blogger, editor, stylist, or even recent fashion graduate, if you’ve managed to get a ticket it’s pretty likely you’ll get in, unlike the on-schedule shows where the standing queue doesn’t get a look in. It is a little more crowded and hot, but it’s also a great taster for London Fashion Week if you haven’t been able to get some of the bigger show tickets.

Catwalk Show

Backstage at the V&A

After the catwalk show - models pose next to the statues in the V&A

 

 

Thank you for stopping by I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on the off-schedule shows, let me know what you think and comment below.

 

Rx