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