LFW-Ralph & Russo RTW SS18

Australian design duo Ralph & Russo showcased their debut Ready To Wear collection at this seasons London Fashion Week to a 400 strong audience who were enraptured from the off. Renowned for its intricate couture collections, the luxury label incorporated its flair for floor length gowns alongside metallic denim cocktail creations and sheer evening wear.

LFW-Jasper Conran SS18

Rainbow brights and lightweight macs were the order of the day at Jasper Conran SS18 collection. 

LFW-Teatum Jones SS18

THIS IS FASHION MADE BY HUMAN STORIES

A continuation of AW17 The Body | Part I; Teatum Jones move into SS18 The Body | Part II, as part of their 12 month long examination of our relationship with the human form.

Teatum Jones’ SS18 collection is a creative homage to Natasha Baker the “Horse Whisperer.” Natasha is a GB Paralympic dressage eleven-time gold medalist. Natasha suffers from Transverse Myelitis and from the waist down has no feeling in her legs. In spite of this, she manages to mount a three quarter tonne animal and make it perform effortless- ly, dance gracefully and create magic in front of thousands of spectators.

SHAPES & SILLHOUETTES

Inspired by Natasha’s open, feminine and contagiously bright personality, SS18 silhou- ettes re-explore Teatum Jones’ archival strength in drape and feminine fluidity.
The collection features serene summer tailoring, fine merino knits alongside oversized utility shift dresses and swathes of fabric displaying asymmetric dress hems, cut out sleeves and ‘pick up’ draping.

Continuing from AW17’s concept of optional tension, the use of industrial sized eyelets and straps allow the wearer to independently rediscover a diversity of volumes, tensions and lengths to work on their individual body shape. Inspired by conversations about wheelchair mobility and the motion of picking up fabric to remove it from wheels, mani- fests itself in the ‘pick up drape’ seen throughout the collection in dresses, skirts, trench coats and statement shirting.

PATTERNS, FABRICS AND TEXTURES

Inspired by Natasha’s piercing sense of clarity and calm in the face of challenge; we see precision in colour-block pleated skirts, striped sequin embroideries, transparent flocked organza and the weightlessness of printed silk satins. Devore silks, named after Natasha’s former horse “Woody” are woven in a pattern based on the formation of a galloping horse.

All demonstrate a truthful and sincere approach to wearable, luxurious and desirable fabric developments signature to Teatum Jones’ accolade as textile pioneers.

COLOUR PALETTE

Natasha’s intense connection with her horse has been captured in the romantic spring palette, of flesh pink and summer evening blue to demonstrate the empowerment and freedom that this connection gives her.

Show Jumping Rosettes inspire a graphic twill stripe in pastel blue and mint green, captured in oversized shirting and draped skirts. Black flocking plays as a bold graphic contrast making this delicate fabric almost 3D.

The unbreakable focus and determination between Natasha and horse is demonstrated in a stark palette of dark navy and rusty ochre wool embellished with duck egg grey fringing as part of a collaboration with Friday Fox Horse blankets. 

Paris Goes Back To Black SS17 PFW

Paris Fashion Week proved to be a dramatic ending to fashion month. Kim Kardashian stole the headlines not only for her raucous ensembles adorning each FROW but also due to the multi-million pound jewelry heist that took place at her apartment resulting in a vow from her husband Kanye West to seek revenge. The unfortunate event seemed to play out like a film script, whilst in contrast  a very different kind of drama was taking place on the runway as hundreds of models strutted up and down to showcase designers Spring Summer ’17 collections to their full potential and as usual…. Paris did not let us down!

According to Paris, the color we will be head to toe in this summer is BLACK! At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello seemed to step into Hedi Slimane’s shoes effortlessly, keeping the same cool, edgy, 80’s inspired theme that saw this seasons collection become a huge hit! Leather, suede and sheer chiffon with puffed and padded shoulders teamed with washed denim and gold lame made for another youthful and extravagant show.

Chloe simply stunned with contrasting soft and feminine lines. Floating cropped trousers, deep V’s and collarless shirts and dresses whilst Dior mixed embroided sheer maxi-skirts with slogan tees inspiring feminists everywhere!!

Balenciaga went bright and bold. Signature oversizing and waist synching with bright stockings made for an exciting runway. Chanel went young and comfortable. Boxy jackets in colorful tweed with matching baseball caps worn to the side, you couldn’t help but wonder if Cara Delevingne had been Karl’s muse for this collection. 

Accessories went colorful and big when the collections were simple. Large earrings hanging from one ear gave a punk feel at Saint Laurent but a tribal feel at Balmain. Chokers are still popular but have developed into elaborate pieces of metal or thick scarves and bags are oversized and clutched in the hand.

Spring ’17 will see us experimenting with clashing fabrics, shoulders…. Big shoulders… and the brightest color pallets we have seen for a while. Subtle tailoring and whimsical chiffon will add the feminine touch to our wardrobes and accessories will be almost ornamental statement pieces that we wear with pride. However, the trend from Paris I am most looking forward to wearing, the one fashion that never goes out of style, the chicest and most fabulous of all is…. BLACK!

More about the Author. Katie Haxton is the owner of personal shopping service KHStyle Constultancy. As a "denim expert" she has worked closely with JBrand and Paige denim and previously resided in LA before moving to London to work with Trilogy, Chelsea.

Photo credits:Vogue.com

Julien Macdonald SS17 LFW

The Seymour Leisure Centre in Marylebone was the chosen space for the Julien Macdonald SS17 presentation which was a strikingly different venue to the gothic architecture of No 1 Mayfair where his previous collection had been showcased. From the frenzy of paparazzi flash bulbs outside to the pumping soundtrack echoing around the vast space inside, the anticipation of the show was palpable as guests, bloggers, photographers and camera crews all jostled for position to get the best view of Julien’s collection. The champagne flowed and the beats became more thunderous and then the lights went up, transforming an ordinary sports hall into a super cool, modern runway, perfect for the juxtaposition of high glamour meets reptilian muse.Opening the show was Hailey Baldwin who looked unbelievably stunning in a heavily embellished jacket which was part Barbarella part Prince twinned with tiny sequinned hotpants. Her bronzed muscular body made its way down the runway with complete confidence and a touch of sass, her look completed with smokey eyes and grungy wet look hair. The presentation seemed to be a continuation of his decadent autumn/winter collection (which I adored) as signature knitwear dresses were reimagined in new tones of luxurious gold and silver using Haute Couture techniques, teamed with ombre metallic fringing creating an animalistic second skin. Inspired by the solitary landscapes of the African plains and tribes of the Masai Mara, this collection encapsulated an almost earthy feel as Snakeskin created an Afro-Chic aesthetic through the use of three dimensional Swarovski embroidery on dusky pink tones. As with previous collections Julien’s attention to detail and incredible skill produced beautifully intricate pieces that were still highly wearable. One of my favourite looks was a fringed metallic midi dress with cut out sections at the waist that created movement as his model sashayed down the runway. Yet again I loved this collection partly due to the theatrical nature of the presentation. The actress in me completely appreciates Julien’s desire to ‘put on a show’ for his audience and guests and this was another that certainly didn’t disappoint! I can’t wait to see his designs making their way onto their rightful place of the red carpet over the next few months

Jasper Conran SS17 LFW

Held on Day 2 of SS17 London Fashion Week presentations, this was a collection I was very much looking forward to. I really love Conrans tailoring and his nod to various fashion eras. I felt his autumn/winter collection had a real 60’s feel with its geometric prints and block heeled boots, however spring/summer had an air of 1950’s riviera chic about it encapsulating beautiful full skirts in delicate organza with exquisite embroidery. It was incredibly romantic. The show opened however with slightly darker tones for Spring/Summer of khaki, navy and forest brown and had an altogether more utilitarian feel. Shirt dresses featured eyelet fastenings, D ring belts, and sleek waist purses and cross body bags. The lines were simple and sophisticated and ‘formed for summer streets’ as highlighted in the editors notes. Keeping the tailored silhouettes the collection moved into fresher tones incorportating white, tomato and lime combined with graphic checks and deckchair stripes. As each model walked the runway the progression of the collection was extremely effective as you could see how patterns had been combined to create a new version of Jaspers theme, making for a very coherent showcase. Pencil skirts became full, whilst bodices remained the same, then full skirts eventually became dreamy organza dresses in soft hues of powder blue and peach adorned with beautiful embroidered leaves, birds and flowers. It really was a beautiful, sophisticated collection that oozed experience and master craftsmanship. I loved it! 

Ashley Williams SS17 LFW

Held at the Brewer St Carpark, Williams gave an immediate introduction to the tone of her latest collection which in the editors notes had been inspired by her love of late teen heartthrob River Phoenix Set in a late 80’s early 90’s girls bedroom, complete with madonnas bedtime stories cd, tv with built in video player (ah the days before on demand) giant teddybears, candy coloured balloons and the theme tune from Jurassic Park on loop, I was instantly transported to more care free days when the closest you could get to your idol was via a poster from Just Seventeen or Sugar magazine.  Sweatshirts, T-shirts, dungarees and billowing sleeves made their way down the runway adorned with waist cinching belts complete with classic diamante buckles. This was a collection that harked back to the late 20th century as Williams tailoring incorporated charcoal grey box suits and grandma floral prints combined with crystal accessories and wrap around silver shades worth of any laser quest battle. It seemed to be a celebration of her adolescence with many details such as the crystal hair slides worn by many of the models evoking a strong feeling of nostalgia. It was an eclectic collection that left me feeling excited that a new generation would be coveting the classic 'Saved by the Bell’ Kelly Kapowski sweatshirt and Zak Morris baseball jacket and thinking of a time when I used to wish that Macualy Culkin was my boyfriend.  

Teatum Jones SS17 LFW

Fresh from winning the international Woolmark prize Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones created a fabulous collection to the soundtrack of Scotland's human stories. Staying true to the labels ethos of being driven by human narrative the designs were inspired by Scotland's Rennie Mackintosh's early 20th century romantic watercolour paintings of botanic flowers and landscapes combined with late 20th century Glaswegian house ravers whose laser lights created excessive visual geometry. The collection was a vibrant mix of delicate floral satins and toughened paint splattered canvases with geometric jaquard in between. I really loved the collection and I felt that the duo who are often referred to as 'method designers’ completely encaspulated all of the elements they had been inspired by. My favourite piece was this gorgeous structured dress with its leather bust and waist detail in the strong geometric jaquard i mentioned earlier. I liked the the collection was wearable whilst still allowing the designers to showcase their artistry.