NYFW, LFW, YMCA.. Fashion Week review!
It's funny how not so long ago, the only acronym I'd care about was ETC or CV (ok and maybe YMCA). These days you could put NYFW or LFW on a T-shirt and it would be pretty much self-explanatory..
London and her twin sister NY have Fashion weeks twice a year: once in February/March for the autumn/winter (A/W) collections and once in September/October for the spring/summer (S/S) collections.
Even if you're not into fashion the FW in Fall is hard to ignore. Something like pumpkin spiced latte for a coffee non-drinker. You can try to kindly ignore it but you know the it's there in the streets along with the red cups filled with autumnal aroma.
Bottomline: even If you do not consider yourself to be drawn to sartorial aesthetic you can still spot the fashion week crowd a mile away.
It's in the air, in disticntive streetstyle looks, in the knowing smile of the complete strangers.
Having said all of that, it’s kind of awesome when the circus rolls into London, Miista mother birth city, since it also means British fashion houses delivering a tiny piece of future. Please, the warm welcome to my favourite shows for SS17:
Simone RochaConsidering floral embroidery heavily used on dressed and floaty tunics, Dublin-born designer decided Spring would the perfect time for a cleanse. While petal rose pinks, primrose yellow and palest shade of lilac suggest summery detox, the SS17 cleanse is of a spiritual kind.
A mix of romantic and relaxed shapes in the form of tulle dresses and bow-adorned jackets suggested strong Victoriana influences. But Rocha's collection is as much about romance as it's about destruction. Later in the show nude fabric is bleeding through patches of vivid red.Symbolic or not, I'm digging this trend a lot, already. I picture myself wearing my nude, earthy slip dress paired with Miista's SS17 red Mary Janes.. soon. Back to Simone's!
Can we please talk about this jacket:
The moment we're about to name collection utterly girly and purely romantic here it comes the juxtaposition of the show. Sensibility in the form of tailored trenches, shirts and jackets came to the rescue with one shoulder falling off. Sensible? Maybe yes, considering AW16 Fashion Week trend when your coat should be draped over your shoulders so that it flaps like a cape..
Or I'm just jealous of those you can wear it in the latter manner without coat flying off. Either way for SS17 I'm sticking with Rocha.
J W Anderson
Once you force yourself to stop noticing his (annoying) baguette bags swanking everywhere about town, prepare for a grown-up side of summer.
Just like Rocha, Anderson seems to be deeply enchanted by Victorian England and fixated about the shape of the sleeves.
Persistent with the silhouette and overall sensibility, designer lost himself to the colour palette.
Summer by Anderson is a stimulating mix of pale blues, vivid reds and punchy fuchsia. This in the presence of mint green cabinets creates odd yet energetic canvas for the collection.These looks though energetic are very down to earth (one dress is even made of Irish linen table cloths) and wearable. As a result we will see them a lot in real life, an elegant no brainer for Spring!
Lastly, the walk of Christopher Baileys designs, my personal favourite.
Charming silk pants and military jackets worked as well on the men as the women.
Shapes are more relaxed therefore more fluid to wear.
Beautiful embroidery, ruffles and stripes, I fell in love with this. But even myself i had to admit this isn't groundbreaking avant garde, just an amazingly creative styling of an ultra wearable pieces.
Creative but simple and classic.
But Burberry sparkled another conversation in London: their see-now-buy-now initiative. The British brand announced last season that they would be selling their collections straight off the catwalk. Quoting the man himself:
“Our brand is about moving forward. We’re testing things out, seeing what we will be able to better in future.”
Who knows. Maybe commerce and creativity can mix?
Final mental note: post-brexit humour and footwear cannot mix. Shoutout to Christopher Kane Crocs. Just no.