Saturday, 31 December 2016

Junya Watanabe looked to more tropic climes for spring summer 17 with a collection focused on exotic birds and flowers. Brightly coloured short-sleeved shirts gave off an exotic Hawaiian vibe with striking floral motifs in cocktail colours, while some designs focused on nature with spritely coloured birds sitting on tree branches. Such psychedelic looks were instantly tamed however by the masculine edge of most models, who sported thick black tattoos and a variety of piercings in eye-catching and obscure places like eyes and the forehead. The style was so typically Watanabe in every possible way: brooding manhood with an ounce of flounce and fantasy. What more could we ask for…? J
take flight
junya watanabe

Saturday, 17 December 2016

White Mountaineering headed down from mountainous Himalayan steeps and into the sub-tropic jungles of India for ss17 with a collection that fused exotic florals with evocative Eastern colours. Jumpers, trousers and shorts were artfully entangled in a mix of vines, lianas and lush Bird of Paradise leaves that elegantly captured the buzz of South Indian rainforest canopies. This image was further invoked with papaya hued cagoules and dense green sweaters, which were accompanied by waterproof anoraks in multi-coloured camouflage. Think berry pink and blue cocktail fabrics with a succulent high-shine sheen.  Rustic washed-out denims, hippie floral cardigans and staple white tees also worked themselves into the heady concoctions with a sort of laid-back nonchalance that would fit in well at a Goan beachside retreat. Bring on the Indian summer…J
indian summer
white mountaineering

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Christopher Kane made Japanese manga a key theme for his ss17 collection along with striking seventies suiting and dishevelled Woodstock haircuts. Radical cartoon graphics dispersed themselves across shirts, bombers and coats in a typically dramatic form, with mischievous Manga dudes shooting guns and playing target practice in a colourful fashion. Chilled Woodstock festival vibes then took over with the baggy jeans and hippy pattern tees, which emerged in exotic California beachside colours like sunblush pink and palm greens. The eclectic nostalgia was augmented further with gaudy tangerine orange plaids and brown blazers. Then the formalwear got in on the act with plaids in chocolate browns and slacks in psychedelic disco checks. The perfect mix between the East and the retro West…J
manga mode
christopher kane

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sacai ventured into the Peruvian Andes for ss17 as models trekked the runway in ethnic inspired outfits. Athletic hoodies were reimagined in baggy silhouettes that resembled tribal ponchos while bomber jackets and loose-fit trousers were laced with gypsy-inspired paisleys. Layering was a key focus for the show with comforting cardigans, string vests, fine floral jumpers and sunset pink overcoats featuring consistently. All were arranged in a delightfully slouchy silhouette that captured visions of the nonchalant elegance that defines tribal mountain herders in their snow-laced Patagonia peaks. There was a distinct artisanal feel about the clothing which could have easily been hand-crafted in traditional and age-old ways by humble villagers with their spinning wheels in the hills. Indeed this is what the designer probably intended with those romantic Navajo stripes and the nature-infused blossoms that adorned many of the jackets and super-soft jumpers…J
patagonian peaks

Saturday, 26 November 2016

No.21 has clearly taken a more laid-back approach to fashion with their ss17 collection. The runway show was swapped for an eclectic exhibition featuring models lying around on sofas and stretching as if they had just woken up from a lazy slumber. Clothing was similarly carefree with an exotic mix of tropical jungle prints fused with louche lounge-about layering that you would typically wear at the weekend. A streetwear vibe was captured with varsity slogan bombers and skate-culture plaid hoodies, while images of Mod and Rocker youth rebels were evoked through the use of preppy anoraks and Rockabilly Elvis tees. But the fruity colours and palm tree prints gave the collection a much more sultry charm; think Orange County cool kids wasting time between their surf breaks at beachside Surf City bars…J
oc cool kids

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Prada seemed to parachute a vibrant new style onto the catwalks of Milan Fashion Week for ss17 with a sporty edit of eccentric designs featuring base-jumper style bodysuits. High shine fabrics in rainbow colours resembled the lightweight but lustrous materials that are frequently used to make zeppelins and parachutes. The look was then further exemplified with strappy backpacks and messenger bags that were wrapped around the models, as if the they were ready to jump out of aeroplanes and into thin air with their chutes attached. Water bottles added to the adventurous feel along with snap buckle belts with air-ready metallic twists. The psychedelic colour palette finished things off with grace and finesse like a dreamy sunset in the sky amidst brilliantly hued hot air balloons…J
parachute power

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Donatella apparently headed to Glastonbury for ss17 inspiration this season as she showcased a casual Versace collection featuring Pac-a-Mac parkas and cool cagoules in riotous, rock-ready prints. The classic rain-weather anorak was a central focus in the summer-fuelled collection, which made us think of iconic rainy days going wild in a Somerset field. Colourful kaleidoscopic prints captured the energy and excess that takes over each summer at the world-renowned festival, when party-goers get mashed on music and more against a backdrop of muddy slop and non-stop British rainclouds. But Donatella clearly prepared for next summer’s party with this highly functional edit featuring rock and roll skinny jeans, waterproof jackets and practical hi-tops to deal with dancing on the grass all day. Brilliant and useful bum-bags also made an appearance to keep your valuables safe as you jump like a music-obsessed maniac in front of the Pyramid stage for the headline act…J
glasto glamour