LONDON FASHION WEEK A/W’2015-2016: DAY 2
With designers showcasing bold personalities on the runway, each aesthetic was strong yet unique in their own way. From Faustine’s work of art based on everyday items to Gareth Pugh’s drammatic all-black women, Day 2 at London just set the bar very high for other designs who are next to showcase their collection on Day 3:
Orla Kiely: The collection invoked a sense of heritage evident through traditional use of print and fabric. Models showcased her garments while they silently walked through the library in outfits that were nostalgic of the bygone era of the Sixties and Seventies. The colour scheme of the Sixties was incorporated into the garments like pastel pink, orange, pale green and yellow. From a sandy double-breasted trench-coat to a knee-length striped dress with a peter-pan collar to a cashmere cardigan paired with a mini-skirt, the looks were symbolic of good-old times. These were also accessorized with matching patterned bags.
Faustine Steinmetz: The Parisian designer’s designs took on everyday items like denims, t-shirts, sneakers and gave them a completely modern makeover like a piece of art. The cleverly conceptualized garments breathed in fresh air into classics. The outfit that really stood out was the denim pencil skirt which didn’t look like denim but felt like it in an arty way.
Sibling: It was a sophisticated showcase of the confident woman. It incorporated intricate details and featured a range of luxurious fabrics to dive in. The collection revolved around colours like pink, orange, black and cobalt blue. The quirky designers presented solid colours, tribal prints, stripes and checks in their usual mannerisms but this time played it more with embellishments, shearling trims, sparkle and pairing contrasting fabrics together.
Markus Lupfer: The designer brought spring to life in a garden like display on the runway. It had a typical London girl attitude to it. The collection possessed a modern sports-luxe viber to it. Jacquard dresses, chunky sweaters, shimmering skirts, floral sunglasses and glittering sneakers made their appearances on the runway.
Danielle Romeril: The designer known as the ‘Dark Lord of Dramatic Fashion’ delivered on point today. It had a futuristic vision where one could not shop anymore so one had to make do with what was left. It was set in a neutral colour palate like black, white, cream and grey. The silhouettes showcased were loose and baggy which were made of velvet, lace, plaid and technical quilting. The designer also incorporated capes which is a hot trend on the Fall runway this year.
J W Anderson Women: The acclaimed designer showcased a rather off-beat collection which had a certain vibe of futuristic elements to it. Like his Fall Menswear Collection, the designer incorporated leather heaps galore this time as well. The colour palate was set in black, ivory, shades of brown, touches of forest green and orange. The looks were majorly accessorized with knee-high leather boots with metal knobs to the side. From solid colors to graphic prints, the main emphasis laid was on the cut and drape of the garments. From fitted dresses with exaggerated shoulders to overtly loose jackets with kimono sleeves, a range of silhouettes were showcased.
Simone Rocha: The collection showcased feminine dressing with a dark facet to it. The collection had a subtle hint towards Bourgeois. The colour palate was set in neutral tones in black, white, cream and red. It involved floral motifs set in dark tones, brocade work, 3-D flowers the garments. A lot of sheer was used in this collection. From knee-length lengths outfits to short dresses, a variety of hemlines including asymmetric ones were also used.
Gareth Pugh: The show was rather dramatic as strong, bold and rebellious women walked the ramp in his dark collection. It was an all-black collection with Red Cross marks across the face. It majorly featured full A-line skirts with dramatic collars, dresses in spiky straw fringes added to the dark warrior fantasy.
Photo Credits: Now Fashion Online, Fashionising, Vogue UK