Friday, 17 April 2015

We headed on an Australasian adventure for aw15 with Sass and Bide, who showcased an ethnic extravaganza among the sparkling chandeliers of the Australian High Commission. Reworked denims ruled the dark and directional show which was themed around the tribal trinkets and cosy silhouettes of ancient Arctic Eskimos. Decadent fur capes and sequin sprinkled shawls looked elegant and exotic with their indigenous patterns as sequined leggings, embellished cocktail dresses and deluxe jeans shone like the silvery shimmers of Igloo icebergs,. Models stormed out from behind the scenes into a grand marble-floored hallway that lit up like icicles as ‘Warrior Women’ shapes took hold in a moody colour palette of attention grabbing domino monochrome…J
ice maidens
sass and bide

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fashion East’s new kid Ed Marler had a ball for aw15 with his bijoux boudoir collection of disco dress-up. Party-pumped models came dancing and gyrating down the catwalk which was kitted out light the backstage of seventies drag show, with gaudy wallpaper and glitz-ritz ornaments. Clothing was similarly loud and lavish with bombastic Varsity bomber jackets mixing with seductive slashed jeans, sequin glamour shawls and button-embellished miniskirts. The exaggerated costumery was as OTT as one of Delboy’s get-rich-quick plans in ‘Only Fools and Horses,’ which was brought to mind most obviously by a vintage-looking suede jacket. It was certainly an occasion for dressing up to the nines, as evidenced from the colour splash face-paint and retro-permed hairdos, which were only eclipsed by Ed’s irresistibly fun attitude…J
bijoux boudoir
ed marler

Saturday, 11 April 2015

British heritage brand Daks brought us back to the English Rose garden for aw15 with a flirtatious floral display of raspberry red roses. Semi-sheer dresses and loose-flowing trousers featured blossoming bouquets that were as sublime as a stately home flower-bed, while cherry Bakewell deep-red tones dominated. High tea tailoring made up most of the looks with knitted turtle necks, velvet macs and pleated check trousers making a timeless statement. But things were quickly jazzed up with racy ‘rock and roll’ gilets in loud scarlet red leather as classic knits were transformed into modern must-have using quilted leather panels. Menswear looks also made a mark with sharp tailoring and bold colours that moved away from the standard heritage stereotype; think colourful jumpsuits and NY cop-inspired headgear for a gritty new take on iconic British style J
english roses

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Fashion East’s new kid on the block Caitlin Price lit up the streets with her high-shine collection of retro 90s sportswear for the luxury high-end market; think satin frilled skirts and embellished tracksuits paired with obligatory Nike Air Max trainers; a 90s revival for the ravishing and refined. Models sported rude girl ‘cholo’ hairstyles to perfectly suit the gritty street-luxe aesthetic, which centred around applique bomber jackets and sensational bandeau tops in Alco-pop colours like Cherryade and Curacao blue. The whole thing gave off a time-warp TLC street-girl vibe that was as trending and current as pop-cultures sports-luxe obsession. We loved it! J
cholo retro
caitlin price

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Fashion East took a trip to the Big Top for aw15 with a psychedelic throng of circus themed outfits from attention-grabbing newcomer Mary Benson. Her eclectic ‘Glam rock’ gang of models made their mark in kaleidoscopic prints and striking embellishments against a backdrop of electrifying neon lights, which included a giant fluoro Ice Cream. This dazzled just as brightly as the sequin rainbow jackets and shiny jeans on display, as well as the slogan t-shirts which were as statement as a clown’s colourful comic attire. But the finishing touches were so much more than the fun and frivolity of a night in the circus. Think holographic appliques and metallic panel dresses; a dedication to excitement and exuberance with an elegant if outlandish edge….:-)
circus soire
mary benson

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