LDN FASHION WEEK SS16 HIGHLIGHTS [2]

JULIEN MACDONALD

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Julien Macdonald OBE first studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton and received his MA at Royal College of Art, London. His talent caught the attention of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and was appointed head designer of knitwear for Chanel, as well as for the eponymous label Lagerfeld, from 1996 to 1998. His unique gowns have been worn by the likes of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Joan Smalls and Kristen Stewart.

This collection boasts bewitchingly intricate detail and a dramatic aura us lesser mortals could only dream of. Not really items that the everyday girl is going to possess, but deserves a spot in the highlights because of the sheer beauty of these pieces.

SIBLING

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SIBLING is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. Collectively as SIBLING they have worked with: Smiley, Swarovski, Barbie, Fashionary, G shock, Cassette Playa, Lulu & Co, Oxbow, Tween, Fred Perry, Topman and PUMA.

The more I look at this collection the more I love it. The eclectic mix of fabrics and next to nakedness of the models converts these fun designs to racy and eye-catching looks with a 90’s vibe. Aside from the clothes, the hair and make up on these models was spot on and I am LOVING the sporty socks and classic heels combo.

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Paula Gerbase, my Queen. She studied womenswear at Central Saint Martins, then trained in the womenswear atelier, Hardy Amies, followed by 5 years as Head Designer for Savile Row tailor, Kilgour.
I’ve expressed how I feel about clean cut, nude palettes and androgynous fashion and this is just perfection. The tailoring and asymmetric hem lines are simplistic, yet exude power and portray a strong female presence. Also, the pairing with the white trainers – my favourite look of this season.

SIMONE ROCHA

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Simone Rocha graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2008 continuing in 2010 to graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central Saint Martin’s College, London. Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010. Her collections have gained her some of the most prestigious stockists in the world including Dover Street Market, Browns, Colette in Paris and Bergdorf Goodman.

Now, whilst dusky pinks and more feminine designs are not really my style, I felt it necessary to include a couple of her pieces in my highlights. There was some speculation over the ‘rope’ detail crossed over some of her designs and I felt her frilly dresses were a little too house on the prairie for me. But I loved the utility take on a few of her designs, which set the collection aside from other shows and presentations to date and added an edge to an otherwise ethereal show.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Graduate from the London College of Printing with a BA Journalism, Henry Holland, has stated that he designs with a London girl aesthetic in mind, and taking into account the multicultural diversity of the city, is continually inspired by the variety of attitudes, cultures and mind-sets that exist throughout the capital.

This collection demands the attention and oozes effortlessly cool – Henry hits the nail on the head with encompassing the globally recognised, London style. The bold contrast in patterns and loud colours screams confidence and the sporty details bring a modern twist on definitive cultural print.

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