Here come to the London Fashion Week day one post. I decided to type in Chinese and English just to benefits some Chinese readers and myself as I would like to practice my Chinese writing too. For every post from now on there will be in Chinese and English version although it can spend me awful 10 hours to type in Chinese (barely know the slowest Chinese typing method…will start to learn another way).
If you followed my Instagram, Twitter or Weibo (please follow, they will be updated frequently) or already read my Chinese version post, you will noticed I have been to the most exciting fashion event – London Fashion Week. I feel so blessed this year as I got a lot of shows or presentation invitation from the magazine I worked for (Ligature Magazine, special thanks to Sarah). Flash back to last year this time, I only got chance to go to the London Fashion Weekend. This year I could attended the London Fashion Week, Fashion Scout. Most of the shows and presentations are from newly designers (mostly are freshly graduated). Every designers have established their own draping skills and eclectic style. I can also see they have huge potential that will become a future star in their path. This post will be focus to the day one catwalk show I attended since I participated four days shows if I write them all in one go it will be quite long.
First day, I received three shows tickets to rock. But at the end only went to see the One To Watch show at Fashion Scout. Due to my nervousness of picking what to wear. But after going the Ones To Watch show immediately felt earned. During the show, I discovered the creative director of from LCF and spotted my favorite blogger: Susie Bubble. Did not think they would come to this show together which make me look forwarded more to this show. Ones To Watch is composed by four designers’ collections in one go that’s why it called Ones To Watch. The show had grouped the most inventiveness designers together. It doesn’t just include the local designers also international designer will be featured. The best three will be on display with show sponsors. So every year Ones To Watch designers are different. And the Aw14/15 Ones To Watch show designers are Carrie-Ann Stein; George Styler; Hiroko Nakaajima and Sarah Ryan.
After the vibrant, some lively music has played. The venue immediately became hushed everyone have their camera or phone on hand and ready to snap the first model from the spark. The first appearance are from Sarah Ryan’s collection. One of my favorite among the four designers. The whole collection are black and white based though it can be relatively dull. But surprisingly because Ryan build her own knit cable style which draw a huge effect to the full collection that making it more standout. Most of her collection is based on a crop top and knee-length skirt there are some one pieces alongside. For the entire collection highlights, Ryan also take into account of her knit establishment. She approached them in shoes and bags to join the textile elements together. Giant knit backpack is one of the eye-catching piece. When the model carries the knapsack we are all delighted about the pack. While Ryan also added special effect with the knitted tassel skirt which made the entire collection more striking.
Second designer to kick off the show is Carrie-Ann Stein who also involved in Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase last year. She graduated from Central Saint Martins. This time Stein brought her strength again to the catwalk. Stein called her collection as Postcards from Black Pool. Inspired by the Black Pool street signs and flags to themes the garments. Most pieces are exaggerated oversize coat or one pieces. The square silhouettes drive with hole punch at the edge, a very unique design. The style matched with ankle height black stockings with silver stiletto heel. When the first model entry the catwalk, it brought me to some futuristic movies. I guess is because her hair style and the neon writing print on the bodycon. Besides Stein took a good care to people who aren’t overblown. There are some statement pieces such as the A-line skirt, vest and sweater top which are refreshingly wearable. Before Stein was train as corporate law but gave up to pursue her designer dreams . I believe her decision was right as she graduated with first honour in her degree.
Also a Central Saint Martins graduated, hails from Japan but London based designer Hiroko Nakajima showcase her collection with her philosophy about the graphic. It can tell Nakajima has install her graphic theory into her collection. Throughout her pieces they are theme with matte shades and geometric curve. The collection are draped symmetrically trait with bodycon cashmere dresses. Nakejima has added some fun element such as the knit conical cap and mini geometric clutch which could work bizarre but they worked incredibly beautiful. Nakajima’s collection some how remind me about the David Bowie Ziggy Stardust styling especially the colour and geometric curve design. I wonder if we have the same feeling?
Finally George Styler bring the end to the show. The entire collection bloom with ethno style such as gold and silver head pieces and vivid colour floral print pattern. At the first sight the apparel hit me with the traditional Mongolia ethnic garment style. But after reading an interview about Styler’s collection I found out he was inspired by South America, Africa and the Balkans with a touch of punk. He combined these and add them with his personal modern design to complete the collection. He used past, present and future techniques which made it more diversity. The costumes are associated with variety types. It covered from the A -line and mini skirt, bodysuit and ethnic printed leg warmers etc they are all inclusive. Another surprised was the spiky texture jacket and dress which highlights his whole collection. It is a very special technique I never seen in other pieces they are fascinating! If we look closer to the collection we can see how Styler has secretly brought the punk stylein his work. Such as the T shape dress with an abstracted wide shoulders dress; the pink hooded cape coat which is a fundamental style in recent. Styler also added some spoof artwork prints such as the Da Vinci famous portrait – Mona Lisa with her hand up showing her extra happiness and the couple fishes which brought a sense of humour to his collection. These factors made the collection more fun and adorable, this sort of remind me Jeremy Scott (the recent Moschino collection)!
More posts about London Fashion will be coming, please stay tune with my blog!
Ones To Watch Designers’ Pieces are showcase at the entrance at Fashion Scout
The catwalk and behind the scenes video from Youtube