Saturday, 16 May 2015

Paul Smith backpacked his way to hippy-trip heaven for spring summer 15 as he showcased a collection dominated by New Age, free-love nuances. Cannabis plants and drug-trip cartoon faces were sprawled all over psychedelic sunset coloured tees and shirts as models strolled onto the catwalk in slouchy silk pants splashed in Polynesian palm trees. The collection captured the essence of the 70s hippy trail with a kaleidoscopic Keralan colour palette that featured bold seventies wall-paper prints of hallucinogenic plants a la ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Some t-shirts were fringed with bamboo shoot fabrics that evoked the beachside jungles of Goa as zig-zag striped knitwear gave a mind-bending visual twist to proceedings. Colour-pop John Lennon sunnies completed the chilled out ambience...:-)
hippy hedonism
paul smith

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Comme des Garcons conjured a colourful visual storm of clashing colours and mind-boggling prints for ss15 with its contemporary diffusion line of basic but brilliant silhouettes. The statement shirt became the masterpiece of a powerful ‘abstract art’ mood which threw a million optical concepts together to form a psychotropic collage of creativity. Captivating kaleidoscope patterns littered cocktail-coloured shirts as bursts of floral foliage and Rubiks cube colour blocks punched through the pattern-mania. Laid-back bermuda shorts were brought to life with sharp angular prints in trippy party-rave tones as monotone blazers smartened the loud looks with dash of tailoring tradition. Our favourite pieces were the colour-clash jumpers which looked like geometric treasure-trove paintings from Henri Matisse. Absolute genius….;-)  
colour clash kaleidoscope
comme des garcons

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

It was a meltdown at Miami Beach for the Versace ss15 show as sultry models hit the runway in sub-tropic looks that raised the fashion temperature through the roof. Tropical palm leaves adorned leather biker jackets, silk bombers and shirts as decadent Art Deco prints of Bauhaus beach hotels brightened the colour palette with heady Curacao cocktail hues.  Tailored shorts, sharp suits and vivacious vests were cast in shades of sunset violet and sand as leather accessories ramped up the poolside glamour factor with dashes of Versace medusa gold. Some looks were blatantly designed to show-off sexy surfer dude silhouettes, like the printed swim trunks and togas, while others directly referenced the theme with colourful graphics of male divers jumping into palm-tree lined infinity pools. It was tropic-exotic to the max…J
miami beach bauhaus

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Jaw-dropping Japanese brand Toga held its mystical aw15 catwalk show by the river Thames for London Fashion Week in the Chelsea College of Arts. The stunningly creative setting was just as outstanding as the experimental catwalk props, which included a cosmos of giant planets to represent the space-age influences of the collection. A sublime silk jumpsuit featured a delicate shooting-star weave as moon coloured furs looked as fluffy as the Milky Way. Galactical flashes of pink in the belts and coats shone as bright as a supernova explosion as satin black gowns looked dark and moody like a murky black hole hovering in deep space. But the collection was brought back down to Earth with rejuvenating Japanese references in the obi waists and the kimono silhouettes, which grounded the collection in ethereal exoticism…J
galactic glamour

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Caledonian camouflage merged with jungle warfare in the Ashish show for aw15 as Scottish highland tartans fused with flashes of sub-Saharan splendour. Wild leopard print parkas and tribal patchwork capes added an exotic Masai Mara edge to the sequin embellished designs, which came in a mix of rainforest evergreens and oasis blues. Lime green and lemon dresses added a vibrant citrus twist to proceedings as sultry sequined swimwear and bikinis looked brilliantly appropriate for the sweltering Safari backdrop. But an aggressive flash of camouflage made the mood all the more mean for those street-savvy girls who prefer a more urbane approach. Think studded metal tops and thigh-high boots with obligatory giant hoop earrings. Once again, we witnessed the sequin king making a memorable spectacle by mashing two clashing concepts for wild and wondrous outcome …J
jungle camo clash

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Rainforest fever took hold of the Marques Almeida show for aw15, as models marched onto the catwalk in heady hibiscus prints from faraway climes. Inspirational asymmetric looks dominated the jungle trek as Amazonian ‘warrior women’ stepped out with pseudo sweat-drip hair in totally tropical colours. The sultry temperature rose with a psychedelic collage of exotic cocktail tones from passion fruit purple to Pawpaw orange, as flashy metallic lames blinded us like a slice of sunlight through a sub-tropic tree canopy. Embellished metallic leaf prints intertwined themselves around striking corsets and tops, while foliage patterns wrapped themselves sneakily around scarves and colour-pop skirts for true tropical ambience. It was a step up for the edgy Portuguese brand, which swapped signature denims for something more daring by embarking on an exotic adventure instead….:-)
rainforest jungle jinx
marques almeida

Friday, 1 May 2015

A dystopian future of savage survival faced us in the Danielle Romeril show for aw15, which focused on the re-appropriation of ruined and wrecked materials. Models waltzed down a moody runway filled with dishevelled old houses and scrap cardboard boxes wearing asymmetric looks that were replete with roughed-up fringing. Plaid capes and skirts looked like they had been taken from an old farmhouse for winter warmth and comfort, but then melded into modern silhouettes and mixed with futuristic black fabrics that resembled disused car tires. This gave the overall look a dark and mismatched quality that was fiercely modern and equally directional, with a lavish luxury finish that was hard to ignore. Danielle’s current vision may be dark, but her fashion future is set to be much brighter…J
dystopian dreaming
danielle romeril