It was a painful day on LFW day two. I got eight shows and presentations on one day. They started at 10 in the morning till 10 at night it took 12 hours to finish the day. After the day I can conclude a fashion journalist or even blogger was much harder than what I think. The job was not just sit and watch the show. Likewise, I was queuing outside fashion scout for two hours but for nothing. Because it was too crowded inside the show where people were not allow to go in. Well nowadays, the shows can be review online after or some do live-stream shows but it was so different compare to the atmosphere. It is much better to join the show they are awesome!
Here are my top four designers report after day two. Sorry for a bit late since I got deadlines at school but now my holiday has kicked off so I guess I will have more time to run the blog.
My top favourite designer of the day is Xiao Li – The Merit Award winner. Long before, her work was approached on Ligature Magazine (the magazine I worked for) that was the very first time I saw her last season’s collection (SS14). They were themed with oversized knitwear with candy pastel colors. They were well enough to draw my attention to this designer back to the time. This season, when I received her invitation I had already looking forward to it since her last collection was exciting. Sure enough, she did not let me down that she is well deserved for the Merit Award. The entire collection is full of surprises. My favorite music band Daft Punk’s song – Get Lucky remix version had lifted off the show. When you thought this kind of pop electronic music is in line with skirmisher style you would be totally wrong. Xiao Li transform the whole song with a slow and soft girl’s voice. The collection covered with variety of blue: sky blue , dark blue and light blue… most of them are mixed with white net fabric which immediately emerged a fantasy feeling . When a new remix version of Get Lucky is playing , the rhythm and the beat of the music had exceptionally match with the garment. The models were like fairy tales walking down to the sea of clouds. The design have flowed with girly style where models had light pink hair and makeup; the princess sleeve dress and fishtail style like skirts. These kind of features have brought a young lively feel. Also when you look carefully you can spot some last season trait mark – the knitting techniques. The knitting sleeves was utilized on the oversize motorcycle jacket. Most design had added a square white spiked to decorate the edge. The biggest surprise is the final piece of her work where she added few blue LED lights in her design. The piece had the audience in awe that reaffirmed Xiao Li as the innovative designer she is and brought her design vision and craftsmanship to the forefront.
Yifang Wan‘s collection inspired by the artist and sculptor working environment that simple and comfortable feeling were crucial in the collection. Wan used her signature fine cutting techniques which showed clear silhouettes and highlight her streamlined tailoring skills. The whole collection sparked with symmetrical cutting and paired with gorgeous palette of shimmering yale blue, lilac, dark teal, burgundy, stone and black that complimented each outfit perfectly. Obviously it can tell Wan wanted to bring a clean and chic style. The models were wearing all back hairstyle where it implied a feminine and elegant sense. The used of cool colors tone had completely brought allurement and classy style. In contrast with Xiao Li girlish style, Wan is clearly targeted on mature women. Her design were either in deep v-neck dips or side slits with soft wool and mohair knit. Wan also added some charms on the deep navy coats and jacket speckled with gleaming silver fleck to highlighted her collection.
Born in a wealthy background that her family-owned business is more than billion. Although she is taking care of the family business but at the same time she never give up to pursue fashion. Due to the fact that Kaul admires the vintage glamour a lot that her AW14 collection had elements of 50s the ‘New Look’ at the meanwhile she added her own designs too. Back to the 50s it was the golden age of the rise of fashion industry. The status of women had more values and the designer had seized this point. She encouraged women to step out to the limelight era, charm, liberty and female form through celebrated modern aesthetic Kaul. Ball gown dress and suit enchanted with scintillating embroidery and Indian embellishments. They are mixed with different colors (champagne, olive green, sliver) with Kaul’s signature lace and silk detailing prevailed throughout which characterised much of the collection’s feminine mystique.
Min Wu opened her collection with presentation style. The venue was decorated with multiple large white helium balloon. A short film was played before the show to kick off. The film showed different colors of ink were dip into water where it gradually faded. I did not understand what Wu was trying to tell at the first, later I found out that she wanted the audience be more aware to faded colour design. The first models appeared with tangerine melded seamlessly into the cream and white of the garments like flashes of a beautiful sunset through the clouds. It debuted with neoprene fabric which lead more three-dimensional visual sense on the model. Throughout the collection, my favorite piece is a short sky blue jacket fading from blue to white. When you try to look at the jacket in different ankle, the jacket’s sleeves were pleated that made an interesting textural collage. The front of the chest of the jacket has a little three-dimensional design was a key too. One of the stars of the show were the 3D earrings. They were cool and chic that made a more completed look to each pieces. The whole collection was shinning with bright colour platte that give a very strong summer flavor in Min Wu AW14 collection.