12 September 2014; Now, It's London turn for Fashion Week. A brand new day to catch latest trends and hot items for this season straight from the runway. New York treated me very well this year I managed get connected with fashion people and catch many key trends for Spring/Summer. Although I love so much with American fashion and style, I'll never put aside my inner London love affair. Yes, I love London with the hustle bustle of the city, beautiful architectures and vibrant Londoner with their own unique style. Every corner can be your inspiration. That's why London become one of the best fashion capital in the world. The Londoner are very smart to show their style everyday on the street or attending an event.
On the opening day of London Fashion Week was reserved for all emerging talent. Based what I observed each of new designers presented their collection very consistent and creative. The industry needs young raw talents to embark London's fashion to another level in future. Giving them the it chance to express their vision and ideas. They may more innovative when creating something fresh and different than a normal designer usually do. Who knows we will found the next Lee McQueen (May his soul rest in peace). Fashion Week is a great place for creative people to gather around and share their thoughts. I love Londoner fashionistas style. They're very eclectic and know how catch the photographers attention.
I started my observation with Singaporean designer based in London, Ashley Isham. Opening of his SS'15 collection show was one of Malaysia's Supermodel, Tinie. Ashley presented his collection more to Grecian goddess garden party inspired with a pinch of hip hop into his designs. Although it look simple but I loved the details and silhouette each of his designs. Its easy to move and wearable. Ashley plays a lot of bright colours like Fuchsia, Red and shimmery Gold. The collection really represent all about Ashley. I love the Grecian dresses, sunday dresses, pure white lace mermaid dress with long fringes, silky printed sleeveless shirt and shorts, classy plunging bathing suits and Ashley's creative hats. Overall, the whole collection stand its own standard of class and uniqueness. I would like to see something more different, creative yet classy from Ashley in future.
The lovely duo designers of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig has celebrated Marchesa 10th Anniversary back their hometown London. The designers presented their SS'15 collection inspired from hippie fantasy and rock n roll gypsy. I like the concept. Few Georgina and Karen's dresses were well patched with colourful laces and beautifully embroidered flowers in soft palettes. From the white tulle ruffles covered with embroidered colourful floral dress, sheer off shoulder fishtailed dress with embroidered rosette to the white silky blazer partner with hand painted blue phoenix until to Marchesa beautiful bright fuchsia voluminous high waist skirt with heavy colourful embroidery and light blue sheer gown with plunging neckline detailed with beautiful patched flowers all around on the top and down centre. The whole collection were amazing. If you like something romantic, enchanted and playful in your wardrobe do pick Marchesa.
Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey and Cara Delevingne are among famous names become the brand muse and marked their names onto bag collection. This year Cara bagpack was listed as one of the it bag. Yes, I'm talking about the famous UK brand, Mulberry. Mulberry were one of Londoners favorite brand especially women's handbags. Mulberry presented their SS'15 apparel Collection that not so adventurous like other brands do. It was safe but I loved the way it been made because most the designs are wearable. Based what I've observed from the presentation photos Mulberry designs were well-tailored and synchronize. I like Mulberry coat with asymmetrical cut at the bottom, oversized coat, mid length-sleeve dresses with A line silhouette, tops with pockets and skirts beautiful in delphinium and cornflower prints from English Garden theme and a pinch of military inspired. Overall, the collection look fresh, clean and very English. This season bag collection were amazing. Mulberry offers the best for their loyal customers. If you love simplicity chicness, Mulberry may for you this spring.
Our Lips Are Sealed was played at Topshop Unique show and walked by leading ladies Cara and Jourdan. It was a joyful moment went for a trip down memory lane while watching the models walked. Topshop presented their SS'15 the faded glamour of the British seaside. Something more easy and youthful. Love the element of girly and tomboy in these collection. This season you will get something sporty like more stripes jersey top and high waist pants, boxy jackets great from day to night, comfy sweatshirts, sexy body skimming dresses or something girly like stand out pleated dresses and skirts, flowing frill dresses, playful graphic floral print tops with hot pants and sheer dresses with crystals. Topshop also presented cool accessories from bangles, earrings and bags. Based what I've observed, the whole collection was fearless and fun. If you someone active, fun, doesn't like something cliché but stylish; Topshop SS'15 might for you.
An style icon nearly three decades and well-known for Menswear; Paul Smith commercially success around the world and one of highly respected in the fashion industry. This season Sir Paul Smith presented his SS'15 women collection more tailored, classic with a twist of modernity. The best thing what I like about Paul's style everything is modern but with classic touch, easy to mix match and wearable. This season Paul Smith play with stripes, floral, neutral palettes like khaki with shades of blue, black and white. From Paul's soft shouldered tailored jacket, round neck shirt with leather fringes, bomber jacket, beautiful drop waist dress with pleats, classic cut blazer, modern sleeveless coatdress until to his shirt tunic everything is perfect. Based what I've observed, the whole collection is consistent and truly Paul's lady. If you searching something different, fresh with manly elements Paul Smith is for you.
From Keira, Rihanna, Alexa to Beyoncé and Lupita wore her beautiful bright digital prints dresses; Mary Katrantzou a designer from Greek always surprise her loyal customers and fans with bold colours and futuristic shapes. This season Mary presented her SS'15 collection Less bold colours; More artistic. You have to be more imaginative and allow yourself be fearless to understand this collection. I loved what Mary presented on the runway. Model paraded her beautiful designs in sandy-soft palettes, flirty sheer fabrics and embroidered with alien garden motive. I'm impressed with Mary workmanship everything so unique, different and regal with her own way. Based what I've observed from her tectonic plates cutout top with sand shimmery detail, beautiful long-sleeveless silky coat sexy, sheer dresses with alien flora and fauna motive to her simple lacey embroidered dresses were amazing and mesmerizing. Mary Katrantzou, you're a genius!
Erdem this year brings the dark tropical jungle to the stage. It's one of my favorite background setup for this season London Fashion Week. The moment I saw the first model walked on the runway straightly in my mind that Erdem's inspiration; Victorian, Botanical Garden and Darkness. This season Erdem Moralioglu presented his SS'15 collection inspired by a story of a Victorian Botanist, Marianne North. Throughout the show Erdem produce beautiful designs charmed by amazing details with Victorian silhouette. From his floral motive or feathers camouflage prints sheer dresses, deep v halter, covered sleeves or sleeveless full with soft little feathers to his amazing full body lace dresses and gowns; these collection were sinisterly tres chic! Erdem succeed to brought something dark and historic can be sexy and felt so now. I, myself fallen in love with all his SS'15 collection.
I loved the clean vision of Christopher's spring and summer. The birds and the bees as his inspiration and Burberry theme for this season collection. From the big see through tent with bee and dragonfly graphic, colouful runway with cute bees and bugs illustration to Burberry's invited guests everything runs perfectly. The talented James Bay as the entertainer and he entertained throughout the show only with his guitar. I feel enjoyed and it reminds me an English spring romance and summer kisses. The songs that he sung really relate to the designs. Based what I've observed, for this season Christopher Bailey bringing bold colours, graphic and graffiti and sporty for his loyal customers. There are separate pieces that you can mix match in the collection something dressy but you can turn it to casual. I loved their SS'15 bag collection; the cute graffiti with bugs,floral illustration pouches, cool document bag and men satchel bag. From the denim jacket hemmed at the bottom with light feather, sequins or layered sheer skirts and dresses, ruching sheer tulle dresses with big ribbons to this season signature look graffiti, bee and dragonfly prints on classic Burberry trench coats. It's fun, vibrant and whimsical collection.
This season he gives you a glimpse of early 80's rock, a pinch of 70's glamour and fearless 90's, Tom Ford knows to create controversy with his own fashionable way. His amazing workmanship blend with quirky chicness make he's so special to this industry. I loved what Mr.Ford presented for this season it's more daring, dark and full with sex. From Ford's tailored blazer and collarless coat, liquid metallic long sleeves top, high waist sleek bell bottom pants, daring sheer tops, metallic mini dresses covered with black sexy pantyhose to his white flowing gown with sequins detailing on thin strip sheer fabric top. I just love all the sex in Ford's collection. The clothes, messy 70's rocker chick hairdo, smokey eye shadow with kissable glossy lips to Ford's killer 7 inch platform clogs; It blends perfectly. Someone with high confidence and passionate with fashion will dare to style Ford.
To be continued; Milan Fashion Week SS'15
[Images credit: LFW Photographers & style.com]