With a very impressive display of street-chic and cocktail hour attire, NYFW has come to an end, and with every ending comes a new beginning. As a result today London kicked of what judging by today’s standards, is sure to be an edge filled and innovative London fashion Week. At Paul Costelloe we saw a display of tweed coats, checkered plaids, floral prints, and flirty skirts with loose-fitting jackets. With a dull choice of colors, this collection was oddly alive. Full of texture and with a chic esthetic, it was all stellar. Also superb was Jean-Pierre Braganza who knew how to play with experimental lines, innovative shapes, and minimal color, but with absolute delight. It was young, it was wearable, it was fresh. A collection not to be missed by any fashion connoisseur.
For women we saw volumized pieces as well as an array of body binding striped dresses, also much the same for men. With fitted pants and stocky coats, Braganza proved to know what settle edge is. Jena Theo was another to produce an innovative line. Using daring necklines, volumized shapes, and fitted pants, this collection was young, non-traditional, and wearable, proving to be an alternative way to look chic. But if unorthodox is what you crave, then look no further than Felder Felder. There we saw a grungy and gothic twist to what was a dark and extremely wearable collection. Although there wasn’t much innovation, it was a show that no girl should miss.
Jean-Pierre Braganza (Left) Felder Felder (Right)
Also keeping with dark tones was Corrie Neilsen and PPQ. At Neilsen we saw experimental fits, leather-textile blends, mixed with what could be called Victorian style meets cutting edge. Although it was a bit theatrical, it was also wearable and young. At PPQ it was much the same but with a more provocative and tasteful edge. With nun-like millinery, fitted waists, and impressive textile blends, this collection revealed the sinful side we knew they always had. It was sexy, it was young, it was definitely a treat.
At Aminaka Wilmont marble-like deer prints and voluminous draped tops were in store, thus creating what was a very sexy, sassy, and young show. Although the looks were few, they were made to count, they were truly real clothes for real women, an absolute hit. Much the same success was received at the sass & bide show where color rang supreme. Sequin studded jackets, tapered pants, and African inspired prints, proved to be the perfect ingredients for what was a very cheeky, sweet, and flirty collection. With pieces like these, next fall is beginning to look fun, festive, and alive.
sass & bide
With day one reaching its wrapping point, two notable shows that should not go undermined are Caroline Charles and Maria Grachvogel. Charles was a genius with making old prints looking young and redefining what is classic British style and elegance. Grachvogel was the dream collection for any modern romantic, with laced sleeves, and softly textured pieces, it was young, it was wearable, it was chic. Thus being said, London Fashion Week has begun with a bang, but will it be able to hold this momentum in the week to come?