This London Fashion Week it seems that everything I loved was a presentation, I always find there is more of a story to a collection shown as a presentation rather than on the runway and one my SS16 highlights had to be Edeline Lee’s showcase, as this is a designer who really knows how to tell a story.
Inspired by series of paintings by Richard Diebenkoen, Edeline Lee’s presentation had a fitting setting at the Elms Lester Painting Rooms, and I loved the white wall backdrop for her showcase, with the models making the finest 3D picture, in their pastel and colour-blocking pieces. I have to be honest it felt more like an art installation than a fashion week presentation and I think that’s why I feel in love with it.
The colour palette was just perfection, bring together all my favourite pastel hues, cool aqua, sunshine yellow, lilac and coral to create a gorgeous summery affair with textured jacquard dresses, culotte trousers and jackets. I was completely blown away by the clashing florals and striped prints, as well as the experimental crossing and twisting of fabrics in both symmetrical and asymmetrical applications.
For me, this collection showed that designers can be commercial as well as edgy and experimental, as well as showing that the right setting can really project the story behind a great collection. I basically left wanting every piece of clothing, but the hero piece had to be the white, long-sleeved, floor-sweeping shirt dress, the oversized pockets and fluoro paint swatches just made it spectacular.
Are you a fan of Edeline Lee’s designs?