When you think Sophia Webster do you think girlie and pink? Well, for autumn/winter 2016 the designer has a new muse, Miss Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice played by Winona Ryder. **Also, if you didn’t just say Beetlejuice three times I’m afraid we can’t be friends!!!** So think a Tim Burton movie – more gothic princess than Disney, which fitted in perfectly with the venue, the House of St. Barnabas chapel in Soho, which had been dressed with an installation of dried flowers and butterflies. The collection entitled, ‘I Myself, Am Strange and Unusual’, is a little darker than normal Sophia Webster
London Fashion Week has, and always will be the hotbed for emerging fashion design talent, and this season there was a bumper crop of amazing designer showcasing creative and innovative collections, so I thought I would share a few of my favourites that I’m sure will be household names in years-to-come. Narrowing things down to three hot talents is hard, but here goes, we have a touch of quirky from recent graduate Clio Peppiatt, a sporty-yet-playful collection from Moon J, and Malaysian designer YII who showcased innovative knitwear, prints and silhouettes in his first womenswear collection, all of which presented
When it comes to great emerging British talent, Georgia Hardinge has to be at the top of the pile, her passion for architectural shapes and sculpture makes her designs instantly recognisable. If you haven’t discovered her designs, you will love her spring/summer 2016 ‘Dynasty’ collection, filled with her intricate sculptural details, laser stenciling, and romantic silhouettes. It was also one of the most creative presentations that I attended during London Fashion Week, the concept of pinning post-it notes around the room and having fans move them as the models strutted down the catwalk was simple yet very effective.
The reason I go to London Fashion Week is to discover emerging talent and Mumbai-born, London-based sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, behind fashion label Miuniku are designers to watch out for. For SS16, the sisters put on a space-age presentation, I was in love with the holographic shadows that the pleated skirts and boxy shaped jackets were creating. It kind of a had a futuristic vibe mixed in with a little retro ‘before the digital age’ elements coming through in the details with analog elements such as cassette tapes, volume buttons and vinyl records inspiring the circular details since on the pockets. I
Fashion should inspire, make you think, dream, and most importantly make you feel alive, which is something that heritage brand Belstaff seems to do with ease. There is something so cool, yet elegant about Belstaff that gets me every time, whether it’s the timeless, classic designs, the idea of a fearless explorer being a fashionista or the fact that they do love a neutral colour palette, but once again I fell in love with everything I saw at the spring/summer 2016 presentation during London Fashion Week.