Saturday, 28 March 2015

A rainbow ‘Pick and Mix’ of candy-sweet colours awaited us at the Fyodor Golan aw15 show, featuring a paint-box plethora fruity tones and textures. The show started with sunshine yellow and sultana purple furs and quickly progressed into a manic mix of kaleidoscopic patterns including tie-dye dresses and sequin tropical t-shirts. Many dresses and skirts were structured like ice cream swirls, showcasing the structural precision of the advanced designer duo, while more basic staples like leather jackets and trousers looked similarly striking in their lime green and sapphire blue hues. The stand-out looks had to be the ravishing retro sweaters and tunics that were emblazoned with 80s cartoon stalwarts from ‘My Little Pony.’ A magical memory jog for those 80s born rebels who like to make a bold statement with every outfit option…. J
candy shop stop
fyodor golan

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bora Aksu embraced the Japanese spring blossom season with a sugar-plum pink bouquet of lacy floral dresses. Sweet applique petals adorned elaborately layered dresses and skirts with lavish and languid silhouettes that were brought to life through violet and peony hues. Decadent gold shirts and cropped jackets added a shimmering sense of luxury to proceedings, while intricately stitched embroidery took a Gothic turn with Cathedral stain glass lattice structures on the lavishly shaped evening gowns. These intricate architectural features worked as windows to the revealing lace layers beneath, giving a powerful feminine presence to the innocent ‘spring princess’ aesthetic…J
petal perfection
bora aksu

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Contemporary Swedish brand Common Sweden impressed us with a sports-luxe presentation of active-wear staples including football net print bombers and weekend denims that would easily upgrade any off-duty wardrobe. The citrus basketball orange and baseball bolt blue hues caught our attention like a Superbowl football match, but blended with black for an easily digestible look that could suit any style taste. Well-thought out tailoring blended with a relaxed weekend vibe with the gradient pin-stripe denims as polished derby shoes gave a dapper twist to the otherwise sports-focused looks J
basketball blitz
cmmn sweden

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Xander Zhou ventured into new geographical territories for aw15 as men’s tailoring took a trip to the American Wild West. Suave double-breasted coats were given a cowboy twist with diamond rawhide patterns as models strutted down the runway wearing rustic cowboy boots. Then, weekend staples like jeans and bomber jackets were given a Navajo whitewash with the addition of native Indian tassles and colourful buffalo-hide furs. Add to this the quilted patchwork coats and the Mojave Desert colourways of brown rodeo leather and cactus sunrise orange, and you had a vision of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” played out among the pseudo ‘Dakota Badlands’ showspace; a welcome change to your usually tailoring…;-)
navajo native
xander zhou

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Contemporary menswear label Cottweiler held an intimate presentation in a faux office for aw15, complete with models standing atop filling cabinets in highly conceptual poses. A serene and minimal mood marked the business of the day as models sported muted sports-luxe staples like bomber jackets, track pants and zip-up sweaters in a crisp collection of calm colours including ice-white, sky blue and cloud grey. The brash street-swagger of common sportswear brands was therefore ignored, and instead reinterpreted with a refreshing elegance that was easy to wear and effortlessly cool; something that made Cottweiler stand out from the rest with a sense of modernity that was subsequently confirmed by the quirky setting and the paint-splattered models…;-)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Hardy Amies trekked up to the dramatic mountain tops of Snowdonia for aw15 with an impeccable exploration of rugged British tailoring. Warm fur-hood parka coats in wholesome blackberry shades fused with rosehip red peacoats and evergreen suits as slate and granite grey pleated wool slacks peppered the expertly cut outfits. Then, snowy woollen knitwear appeared in a graduated selection of colours that captured the spirit and soul of the stunning natural landscape; think powder whites, moss greens and boulder greys and blacks. The inclusion of simple plaids gave the overall edit a touch of Scottish heritage while polished brogue boots with pastoral wooden soles kept the aesthetic supremely traditional and down to earth with a modern masculine edge….:-)
snowdonia meets saville row
hardy amies

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The ever fashion-forward Fashion East collective explored ‘Out of Africa’ exoticism with a 90s streetwear soul for aw15.  Roxanne Farahmand was the first of the emerging designers to embark on this journey with her Afro-tribal models covered in Masai Mara tattoos. Her 90s inspired accessories collection brought us back to the days of late-night raving and after-hour weekend chilling with super athletic street-ready pieces. Chilled out, post-party models laid nonchalantly around wooden boxes in ‘Clueless’ chokers and raver-ready cross-body bags, as their metallic sweatpants and cool earrings (probably left on from the party night before) looked dazzling. Next up, Grace Wales Bonner went deep into the Kenyan jungle with a similarly casual collection based on African and Chinese hill tribes. Leather jackets and jeans mixed with zip-up track tops and Masai Mara jewellery for Grace’s collection along with flares, ethnic obi waists and must-have safari foliage. Alan Crochetti rounded things off with a dose of 90s grunge again by choosing tailored track pants, trainers and masculine halter neck tops. What a mix.....;-)
london meets lesotho
fashion east