Saturday, 17 September 2016

Sibling wetted our next-season taste buds at LC:M for ss17 with a fresh mix of gleaming white looks laced with lashings of colour. Signature knitwear staples like cardigans and sweaters obviously appeared as usual, but this time doused in summery sweet colours, including glace cherry, lime cordial and a blissful berry blue. The flavour reminded us of sampling pastel coloured ice-creams on a bright summer’s day by the beach, and the dominance of a white-hued base colour in most pieces served to enhance this vibe even further, like the powdery froth of seaside waves. Sparkling sequins on the tops and sultry swimshorts captured catwalk lights like rays of seashore sunshine, while towel-like fabrics and the beach towels themselves brought the beachside feel to the fore. It was a mellow and laid-back love affair with summer that definitely toned things down in comparison to past collections. But the pouty and playful Sibling attitude was certainly still there in abundance, as seen in the models’ cheeky grins & show-off poses…:-)
sugary shores

Saturday, 13 August 2016

South Korean design extraordinaire Songzio graced London Collections: Men with awesome oceanic vistas for ss17 with his aptly entitled ‘Oceans’ show. An alluring aquamarine colour palette dominated the horizon as hand-drawn wave prints adorned crisp shirts, blazers and loose fitting summer shorts. A powder blue suit seemed to capture thoughts of a paradisiacal summer skyline while printed shirts with splashes of colour evoked coral in crystal clear waters. Smart silhouettes were defined by neat tailoring but enriched through the use of extroverted prints with a slice of exoticism; think crisp blazers paired with billowing shorts and beach-ready sandals, and painted in lush jungle greens like a canopy of palm trees framing a picture-perfect palm-fringed bay. Deep blue hues with streaks of white finished things off like a foaming and frothy wave roaring its way onto a deserted desert island dream in the middle of the South Pacific. Absolute fashion paradise…:-)
island life

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Astrid Andersen embarked on a journey into the Occident for spring summer 17 with a collection of oversized oriental silhouettes and exotic iconography. Kimono style cape jackets re-appeared in lustrous gold tones that reflected the dazzling glory of Ming Dynasty palaces, or the stunning Buddhist Swedagon Pagoda of Burma. The glittering gold hues also laced striped patterns which adorned t-shirts and coats that were typically adorned with Astrid’s now famous Varsity style logo. But sportswear was thankfully less of a theme this time round as Astrid focused on luxe materials like lace panels which took the collection to a more tropical and adventurous climate. Fanciful floral patterns could have been taken directly from decorative the Hindu murals of South East Asia’s most impressive temples, while the overall colour palette was enriched with glorious satin-sheen finishes. Several looks were also elegantly completed by Buddhist prayer beads that summed up the entrancing nature of the fashion picture. It was definitely a trip for the hardcore traveller...:-)
into the occident
astrid andersen

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Confidence ran amok in the Kokontozai show, which was staged in a subterranean concrete cave beside the waters of the river Thames. Macho muscled models didn’t give a fuck as they stormed down the runway in a range of sado-masochistic looks like tight sheer and leather vests finished off with rubber bondage gear and thick metal chains. The gritty and grimy underground rave scenes of Berlin were then imagined as a flurry of fetish-like looks lashed out across the showspace, revealing flesh, muscles and tattoos in all directions through laser cut-outs and flashy translucent fabrics. PVC shirts and jumpsuits looked sexually charged on deliberately cruisy skinhead models as hoodies and t-shirts divulged bodily details using provocatively placed cut-outs in the shapes of circles and stars. These cosmological patterns reflected the celestial star maps which inspired the show, and could be seen in the finishing looks via crystal-studded see-through tops featuring zodiac figures amidst glistening planetary systems. It was a blissful blend of erotic energy and starry science fiction which was raw and totally modern, for the city clubkid boys with only fun on their minds…J
heavenly bodies

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Barracudas in the deep blue sea dominated Katie Eary’s show at LC:M, which took over the runway with a colourful cacophony of oceanic images. Lavish silk and satin fabrics were artfully crafted into sparkling summer outfits that shone with a glassy finish, like shards of sunlight on shimmering seawaters. The collection definitely dived into the deep with adventurous fish prints that dominated key looks with a vivid visual appeal. Blush coral tones provided the background shade on silk shirts, shorts and bomber jackets as giant sea creatures swam around on top in aquamarine and lucid azure hues. American flag stars and stripes interrupted these bold looks with more classic and cultivated patterns that were properly pared down when twinned with perfectly tailored chinos in some of the more muted ensembles. But exaggerated luxury was definitely the main aim of the game here as models wrapped themselves up in delicately striped cashmere jumpers and fanciful faux fur coats in later runway looks. This juxtaposed perfectly with the breezy creativity of key statement pieces, like the silk shirts showcasing a cocktail collage of stars, stripes and fish in one impactful visual punch. Yet again, Eary succeeded in perfectly symphonising art, functionality and refinement in a deliciously cocky and confident way…J
barracuda blues
katie eary

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Rebel youths also seemed to be the subject of Christopher Shannon’s show which focused on functional teenage tearaway looks for the typical British ‘lad.’ Sporty tracksuits in masculine blue hues evoked images of boisterous football hooligans making mischief on the streets, while denim Harrington jackets conveyed the British legacy of mods and skinheads trying to look cool outside of school. The essence of this laddish look was directly displayed using sly slogan references to fast-fashion sportswear giant Sports Direct, as well as Shannon’s candid collaboration with Hi-Tec footwear, another emblem of Brit-kid streetwear swagger. Denim stood out as the key fabric of choice for the boyish models who strutted with a youthful and carefree attitude to the cheesy Brit-pop sounds that typically accompany so many of Shannon’s shows. Big and baggy jeans gave off a 90s TLC / Dr Dre vibe while rips and patchwork fabrics looked ravaged like the second-hand vintage clothes that cool kids wear at the weekend in Brick Lane. Neon highlighter hoodies and track pants finished off the rebel youth vibe with references to 90s rave culture amidst glow-sticks and flashy fluoro lights…J
sport swag
christopher shannon

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Youth remained the primary focus of Bobby Abley’s show for ss17, which whisked everyone off to a land of mystical make-believe via Magic Carpet Airways. An Aladdin’s Cave of fine fashion treasures awaited spectators at the Disney-inspired spectacle, which showcased much-loved Disney cartoon characters in a myriad of Middle Eastern inspired silhouettes. Sweeping tunic style neoprene sweatshirts resembled Muslim thawbs, which were gracefully adorned with exotic Arabic scriptures and golden genie lamps. Then lustrous Lawrence of Arabia capes appeared in eclectic Persian motifs before things reached melting point with flame print hoodies and track pants that echoed the sweltering temperatures of lost desert cities. But just before we broke out in a sweat, things cooled down a little as Aladdin’s friendly Genie appeared with his characteristic comic-book grin on an icy blue sweatshirt. Aladdin’s adorable monkey sidekick Abu wasn’t that far behind with his puzzled and perplexed expression on a chocolate brown sweater and sweatpant combo, while Princess Jasmine popped up too in glittering satin sheen and sequin womenswear looks that were clearly fit for any princess. Bubble-gum coloured jackets and swimwear caught our eye with romantic cloud prints that made us dream of flying through the sky on a Magic Carpet ride, just like in the movie. But things were brought back down to earth with Bobby’s classic bear motifs which grounded the collection with his signature look…J
a whole new world
bobby abley