After New York comes…London! A city famous for its street style and extravagant dress, London Fashion Week is always a treat. Here are our highlights from this season.
A Trip Out To Space With Matty Bovan
We could talk about the clothes at Matty Bovan, but that would be boring considering the beauty looks he threw down the runway. Crazy eyeliner hidden behind what looks like some kind of extra-terrestrial plastic appeared on his models faces, making them look like the most beautiful aliens we’ve ever seen.
Post-Colonial Bodies At Chalayan
Ever wondered what a “post-colonial body” looks like? Well, Chalayan was on a mission to show us. We’re not sure about the symbolism here, but we do quite like the fact that this model is wading through the catwalk with walking sticks.
Cosmic Sets At J.W.Anderson
J.W.Anderson enlisted the help of South Korean style team HAN STYLE to construct the sets for his latest show. Doing away with the traditional runway, his models traipsed through a land of see-through objects while sashaying down the catwalk.
Vivienne Westwood Makes A Statement
What else would you expect from Vivienne Westwood? Her new collection was all activism and eco-power. To add to this message, her models were accompanied by slogans hung up like works of art, and we’re totally here for it.
Yuhan Wang At Fashion East
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Fashion East presents Yuhan Wang SS20 with support from @nikelondon: “Walking in the Garden, Awakening from the Dream." The melancholy of a taboo love affair provides the emotional framework of Yuhan Wang’s third collection. Wang looked to the epic 22 hour long play ‘The Peony Pavilion,’ written by Tang Xianzu in 1598 and its 2001 filmic adaptation, as she began to explore the psychological mood of the season. The lead character, Cui Hua, a courtesan/songstress who marries into a noble household, and later falls in love with a female cousin in a culture that strictly forbade same sex relationships, roamed at large in the creative process. “My woman is surrounded by beauty but there is something unreachable about her.” Wang deploys the techniques of draping, embroidery, print and lace work in formidably feminine designs. The designer devises her own prints in watercolour and pen and for Spring Summer, the motif of the ripe peach and a slinking cat feature. “A peach is symbolic in China: it means as ‘be blessed with a long life.’” The fruit decorates her signature gathered and draped stretch satin and rippling lace tube dresses and newly introduced separates including leg of mutton sleeve blouses fastened with tiny covered buttons, fluid jacquard midi skirts finished with a blanket stitch hems and lace blazers. Wang dismantled traditional deco pieces including a peach tree table centrepiece re-using the real jade leaves for wreath necklaces and earrings fashioned with semi-precious gems crafted by jeweller Kay Guo. Text: Harriet Quick #yuhanwang #fashioneast
Each season Fashion East presents a string of emerging designers, our favourite this season was Yuhan Wang. Wang was inspired by a play written in 1598 by Tang Xianzu called The Peony Pavilion. The main character falls in love with another woman, something strictly taboo. Wang’s collection is full of draping, lace, and embroidery – predominantly feminine details.
Off To The Rodeo At YCH Official
Who doesn’t love a good hat? Cowboy hats are even better. And somehow, by removing the cowboy boots and adding tailored separates to the mix, YCH Official made us fall harder than ever for cowgirl chic.
An Air Of Aristocracy At Erdem
The Brits love the finer things in life. After all, Britain is home to the Queen, the aristocracy, public schools and afternoon tea. Erdem presented us with the most gorgeous floral gowns, accompanied by gloves – we don’t want those delicate hands getting damaged – and hats perfect for Ascot, royal weddings and a night down the pub.
Braids For Days At Simone Rocha
Of course, the clothes were lovely at Simone Rocha, but we need to take a minute to shout about these braids. We already know that they’ll be our go to look next time the sun decides to rear its head. Count down to summer 2020 has started.
Words Lizzy Vartanian
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