During London Fashion Week one of the most talked about presentations had to be Sophia Webster’s secret garden in the middle of Regent’s Park for her spring/summer 2014 collection entitled, Supa Dupa Fly. I sadly missed it, and was uber jealous of everyone that attended as I love Sophia’s quirky accessories – from the incredible crafted heels to her speech bubble clutches.
Last week I had the chance to see her collection up-close and it was everything I was expecting and more after falling in love with the pictures of her presentation. Granted it wasn’t the same as standing in the middle of the secret garden being serenaded by Katy B, and seeing the models frolicking with the flowers, but I did get to see the incredible attention to detail in each piece.
There is something about Sophia Webster that gets me a little excited – maybe it is the fun girlie vibe of the brand or the kitsch elements, but I can’t help but love her pieces. The SS14 collection is no different, filled with butterflies, ladybird polka dots, bumblebees, with a hint of hilarious 90s attitude on her signature speech bubble clutches – every-time I see the BugABoo clutch I can’t stop singing Destiny’s Child to myself.
My favourite pieces had to be the butterflies, I am slightly obsessed with the fluttering beauties, and her laser cut leather flats and sandals with butterfly wings on the heels are divine. I also adore the cloud perspex heels and the ‘Killer’ heels.
Oh how I would love to flutter into spring in a pair of her heels!!!
One designer I love seeing evolve is Erdem, there is something about his romantic wearable-couture that makes me smile and dream to wear. For some, Erdem is all about romantic floral prints and ladylike silhouettes, I wouldn’t disagree but he isn’t just that, and for his spring/summer 2014 he proved that with an almost entirely monochrome collection.
There were still touches of Erdem though, his signature embellishments were present with cut-out flowers, beaded embroidery and gorgeous ethereal feathers seen on jackets, dresses and sheer pencil skirts. This collection subtly inspired by the idea of boarding school uniforms was filled with so many gorgeous pieces – my favourite being the white sheer shirt dress featuring floral appliqués and an ‘E’ crest.
For some this collection might not have had the wow factor of his previous collections, the absence of the colour for spring/summer is a bold move, but for me it is the details of this collection that really draw you in. When I saw the collection on Vogue in motion I was wowed, when I saw Erdem’s Facebook filled with close-up shots of the floral detailed shoes, the textured dresses with sheer organza overlays, and the floral embellishments I was blown away – for me it just felt a touch Parisian and I loved it.
This season I didn’t do any backstage, mainly because my schedule was so packed, after seeing how these images capture a different side of Erdem’s collection I think I will have to make sure next season to rework my coverage.
Were you a fan of Erdem’s monochrome collection?
[Pics: Erdem Facebook]
One of my final London Fashion Week shows was Maria Grachvogel at Somerset House. A designer for me that always creates gorgeous pieces, generally flowing gowns and jumpsuits with strong prints, but always leaves me wanting to see more.
For spring/summer 2014, there did seem to be more of a focus on silhouette than on her signature prints, which were still out in force in this collection. Citing an unnamed ‘young artist’ as her inspiration, this collection was born out of her expression of “youthful innocence and creative freedom” according to the shownotes, which was showcased in the fluid, free-flowing garments and a brush stroke-inspired swirl print.
For me this collection was more sophisticated and mature than youthful, but not in a negative way, Maria Grachvogel knows who her audience is and this collection will certainly appeal to her affluent customers.
My favourite pieces had to be the slouchy designs, from the loose jumpsuit with wide trouser legs to the billowing sleeveless shirts, and the gorgeous floaty swirl printed dress towards the end. I also adored the details in the draped panels, the cross-panel neck detailing, the deep sensual V necklines, and the kimono-type sleeves.
As with most of the collections this fashion week pink played a part, this time the hue was more dusky and transparent like a watercolour, and worked perfectly against the neutral tones of the clay and putty.
I don’t think this collection will take many people’s breath-away, it is what it is, but there did seem to be more about her latest line than prints and draping, which was nice to see – also it was good to see Chloe Nørgaard’s bright green hair on the runway!!!
There is something about Ashish that gets everyone excited, maybe it is all the sequins, maybe it is the loud, fun soundtrack, which this season included Madonna’s ‘Get Into The Groove’, or the fact this label never seems to take fashion too serious – whatever it is this is one of LFW’s most anticipated shows among the cool kids.
Like with all their collections, the spring/summer 2014 drew the fashion pack in like shiny things to a magpie, with its fun and sparkly luxe sportswear pieces that were inspired by the corner shop, Arabic writing, and Coca-Cola, with a tribal/Viking mash-up.
The items that got most people talking had to be the sequinned grocery bags with Ashish’s humorous take on supermarket logos from striped carrier bags covered in sequins, to a green version with ‘S&M’ for ‘M&S’ and ‘Disco’ rather than Tesco. These were teamed with ripped and torn denim, which of course were dipped in sequins, studded slippers worn with mismatched socks, and lots of chunky jewellery.
My favourite pieces other than the Coca-Cola clad sequinned vests, which were in reference to Ashish’s ultimate hangover remedy for his party girl, had to be the sporty-glam striped sequinned polo T-shirts, the oversized tops with Arabic writing spelling out ‘Thanks for coming’ and ‘Love’ and the striped white shirt with draped open back with ‘Best Wishes’ around the cuff and hemline.
It was OTT, very colourful, and saw Ashish continuing his aesthetic joke on consumer culture – but was it anything new – I don’t think so – but it seems the cool kids don’t care.
What do you think of Ashish’s latest collection?
Orla Kiely is always one of the most eagerly awaited shows of London Fashion Week due to the brands full on creative concepts, last year was a Mad Men-style typing pool and this year’s spring/summer 2014 was glamping in Africa.
The safari-themed set, with the camp backdrop and prop animals, accompanied to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ soundtrack really set the mood from the word go, it was like a scene out of a Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ movie and left me wanting to join the Orla Kiely girl guides!!!
The collection itself was as good as the set up with gorgeous safari prints, adorable statement tops featuring animal embellishments, lace skater skirts, and shirt-style dresses. It was feminine, playful and styled to perfection with knee-length socks, chic berets in black and soft pink, and cute animal shaped cross-body purses.
As with any Orla Kiely collection the prints are always the main focus, I adored the safari prints that included giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and lions, which looked incredible on 70s inspired silhouettes.
So Orla Kiely where do I sign up to become part of the troop?
Sorry for my pictures, last year it was calm and fun to see this presentation, this year it seemed everyone in London had an invite with a queue around the block and literally 10 people in front of me so I viewed thanks to my long arm reach!!! At times all I could see was this – so I thought I might as well as share my view!!!
To get a better feel for the collection and safari presentation view the short video that the BFC recorded: