LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W’2015-2016: Day 1

Day 1 at LFW started with a Bang! The opening day showcased a spectacular array of designer aesthetics right from the 70’s era indulgence at Shrimps, sleek power-dressing at DAKS, rocker-chic women of Sass and Bide to the works! Here’s a brief rundown of designers and their collections on day 1 at London Fashion Week A/W’2015-2016:

Manuel Facchini: The Italian-origin designer presented a collection with women looking sleek, sharp and edgy in his ensembles. The collection was an intermingling of the gothic aesthetic matched with the modern sporty appeal. Set in the classic monochrome palate of black and white, the designer designed outfits with focus on edgy ensembles that reflected a futuristic outlook. The outfits incorporated geometric prints, gothic prints and symmetrical lines that often gave a visual illusion. From fitted dresses below the knee, short baby doll-dresses, textured leather jackets paired with printed-pants and pleated skirts, the designer offered a variety of hemlines.


Shrimps: Inspired by the Wizard of Oz, the designer had an extravaganza of glitter and faux-fur on the runway with sculptures covered with blue glitter. Apart from the shades like terracotta and emerald green that had the touch of the 1970s’ era, diamante buttons and pointed-toe boots further accentuated the vintage look. Apart from the classic plaid print, the designer also incorporated her signature ‘face’ prints onto her coats and cardigans. The collection mainly comprised of pleated plaid skirts, faux-fur coats and collars with matching fur-lined shoes.


Daks: The collection showcased bold and powerful looks in a limited array of colours like red, black, white and red. Diverse range of looks depicted modern power-dressing  on the runway from red leather textured jackets paired with a regular-fit plaid pants, matching colour-blocked ensembles to a sleek black dress with frontal zips and quilted leather jackets with striped pants were some of the most apt examples to depict the same.These were accessorized with matching leggings, hats, boots and gloves. Overall, the collection combined some classic designs with a modern twist.


Jean Pierre Braganza: The designer showcased some futuristic and edy ensembles in terms of the cuts and silhouettes. A range of ensembles in shearling, leather and chunky knits were showcased. Exaggerated shoulders on fitted outfits gave subtle hints of masculinity and strength. The designer played a lot around leather accessories such as chokers, bands and cut-work boots. The colour palate mainly comprised of deep red, wine, black, white and cream.


FYODOR GOLAN: The collection had a modern quirky-sport appeal. The garments showcased had floral motifs like lotus and orchids, whimsical elements like unicorns, and rainbows. It also had a hint of the 1970s’ decade with polka dots, metallic ensembles and details on ensembles. Neon green detail as shown in gloves, collars and pockets stood out in this whimsical collection presented by the designer-duo.


Sass & Bide: The collection circled around colours like black and metallic hues like gold and silver. The women of Sass & Bide stood for confidence, ultra-glamourous women of contemporary times. The garments were embellished in metallic shades and paired with a variety of materials like leather, sheer fabric and luxurious shearling. From a two-piece gold outfit paired with a leather jacket to a plunge-neck dress with gold embellishment, the garments showcased were very rocker-chic. The collection also incorporated a mini-robot into their ensembles that added to a fun yet edgy look.


Fashion East: The collection showcased a three designers namely Caitlin Price, Ed Marler, and Mary Benson with their preferred design aesthetic. Caitlin Price presented a collection that showcased street style in luxurious fabrics. From a fuchsia satin track-suit appliquéd with rosettes. This particular technique shone through the rest of her garments, from jackets, dresses with models in kiss-curls. The collection presented by Ed Marler seemed rather costume-like with a deliberate trash-glamour appeal. Amidst the stage which was set in a sitting room of the Fifties and the Sixties, models donned the outfits like a polka-dotted dressing gown, a shearling coat, silk track-pants etc. Mary Benson collection revolved around the currently most-trending decade of fashion, the 70s’.It was the static presentation which further added to a dramatic effect. The collection comprised of form-fitting asymmetrical dresses, flared pants embellished with coins and metallic detail and baby-doll halter-neck dresses to name a few.


Central Saint Martins MA: The last batch of students (about fifteen of them) under the great mentorship of late Professor Louise Wilson presented a spectacular show that invoked a sense of optimism for the future of fashion. The collections represented a very strong view on fashion. Thesus Bucks was inspired by his mother’s garden. Beth Postle’s collection was inspired by Jean Dubuffe through pops of bold colour on white ensembles. Hayley Grundmann’s showcase combined both trash and luxury to give a modern look. These were just some of the many great showcases by the talented youth. This is a great platform for showcasing fresh talent in an otherwise ‘saturated’ industry.


Photo Credits: Fashionising Online, Vogue UK