Author: WJ London

We may have just hit the Autumn equinox but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to sun. If you can’t quite accept that winter is on it’s way in the UK you can find highs of 40C after a 6 and a half hour flight to Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf.

It’ll cost you around £300 to fly to this historic nation, the centre of major trade routes since antiquity. In the capital, Manama you’ll find busy souks full of spices peals, amazing carpets and hand woven fabric (interior lovers up your baggage allowance now).

Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain are a great option for accommodation, right next to Manama and just a short trip to the Bahrain National Museum where you can learn the fascinating history of the Portuguese and Persian Past of the city.

Other must visit historical sites are the crumbling ruins of the old Dilmun civilizations, the mighty fortress of Qalat Al Bahrain, and for more recreational activities look no further than famous scuba diving sites and quaint desert towns spotted across the country.

Here are our top tips when in Bahrain:

  • Traditional Arabic coffee is regularly served in cafes in it's original form - that means no milk and no sugar, drinking coffee is part of important rituals in Bahrain. When you drink it take the cup in your right hand and always accept two cups (one will embarrass the host, while three will embarrass everyone else).
  • Bahrain is very permissive when it comes to alcohol, but public intoxication is illegal and is often severely punished so be respectful and be careful.
  • Most restaurants add a service charge between 10 and 15 percent, so tipping is usually unnecessary. Also, avoid tipping taxi drivers as they often overcharge foreigners.
  • Be aware of the dates you're travelling - For example Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours throughout the holy month of Ramadan. It is important for visitors to respect this tradition by not eating, drinking, or smoking in public throughout the month.

It’s just my humble opinion. We’re all to blame really, comfy clothing often wins the day and is becoming more and more acceptable to slouch about in ‘loungewear’ and what might have once been the preserve of your bedroom or the gym.

But shirts, on men are good. Much like heels on women look good - no one can dispute it. And if you’re having trouble mustering up the ‘give a sh*t’ to get a shirt on your back pick just a few special occasions, maybe a dinner and a birthday? And make the commitment to dress up a little.

Jacamo have a great selection of shirts at the moment, they also offer two lengths with a longer option for gentlemen of the taller variety.

If it’s a date you’re thinking of as a ‘special occasion’ then yes, please do wear a shirt!  It shows you’re made an effort and will no doubt make an impression over and above the trusty lucky T.

 

Edeline Lee LFW Spring/Summer 2019

Always elegantly disciplined, designer Edeline Lee injected some vibrant, dance fuelled joy into her LFW Spring/Summer 2019 show. Deploying any form of dance presentation at fashion week can be a risky affair, however, for Lee all the energy and movement simply showcased her appetite for freedom. Lee believes that "As a designer, I view myself to be in service to women, helping them to be well within their selves and giving them tools to construct and express their identities to the outside world."  She also backed up this committed with impeccable cutting and dynamic prints.

Edeline Lee FW Spring/Summer 2019

Amongst all the music, fun and action it was clear that her SS19 collection marked another bold step forward for this fast rising designer. Charged with ruffles and flounces, Lee used these to create movement with a positive spin. "Fashion is a playground for experimentation with performance and identity," she shared. This meant enlisting uplifting, powerful colours such as scarlet and ochre to ultimately bypass too girlie a summer look.

Edeline Lee FW Spring/Summer 2019

With dance legends including Trajal Harrell and Pina Bausch as inspiration she kept exploring the relationship between functionality and femininity.  Featuring 28 looks, Lee's energy refused to plateau and hit an even more playful note by introducing a bold zig-zag pattern. Her off kilter colour choices of  brown and green played off against scarlet, blue, ivory and ochre proved again that this collection was designed for women with character and quirk.

Edeline Lee FW Spring/Summer 2019

The use of ruffles and ruching became a precision point operation that involved either tiny, pin-hemmed versions or scrunched ruffles and eventually voluptuous, doubled and rolled flounces.Even Lee's shoes were given the ruffle effect.

Lee appreciates that her muse, 'the future lady' as she like to call her "is searching for and assuming diverse identities for different moments in their lives." Lee arms this journey with beautifully cut dresses and skirts that have enough fashion intelligence to also deliver movement and ease.

Edeline Lee FW Spring/Summer 2019

During LFW there has been much discussion about empowering fashion. But for Lee, like her brand, it’s about arming oneself for the female journey and using fashion as one's passport.

Words: Catherine Caines | Fashion Week Press

Imagery: Benjamin Tietge 

Ennismore Sessions House, London UK. 17th September 2018. Malene Oddershede Bach shows her designs at her Spring Summer 2019 presentation. © Chris Yates

Malene Oddershede Bach presented a compelling garden of earthly delights for her Spring/Summer 2019 show. Bach is a master of juxtaposing tensions, and for SS19 she explored the dynamic between feminine clothing defined with tomboyish details.

Ennismore Sessions House, London UK. 17th September 2018. Malene Oddershede Bach shows her designs at her Spring Summer 2019 presentation. © Chris Yates

The push and pull between masculine and feminine energies is a powerful theme. And it gave her LFW show a certain intrigue.

Ennismore Sessions House, London UK. 17th September 2018. Malene Oddershede Bach shows her designs at her Spring Summer 2019 presentation. © Chris Yates

Staged against a background of botanicals at the historical Ennismore Sessions House, there was an eerie beauty that fell upon the show. One couldn’t help wonder what lies beneath Bach's delicate floaty floral prints and stunning red carpet creations? For the Danish-born designer, there is always something modern and complex even to her most romantic dresses.

Ennismore Sessions House, London UK. 17th September 2018. Malene Oddershede Bach shows her designs at her Spring Summer 2019 presentation. © Chris Yates

She also charged ahead to include practical classic British stables such as shirt-dresses, PVC rain hats and rain macs. In Bach’s world a woman can never be too prepared. Especially when she doesn’t want to be compromised from wearing Bach’s luxurious jacquards and meticulous floral embroideries.

Ennismore Sessions House, London UK. 17th September 2018. Malene Oddershede Bach shows her designs at her Spring Summer 2019 presentation. © Chris Yates

The London based designer was ever diligent in innovating her brand - whether through new fabrications or playing with such urban staples as bomber jackets.

But it was the haunting focus on intricately embroidered Icelandic poppies that gave Bach's show its real  meaning. Poppies appear fragile, and yet sustain against all environmental odds. Bach understands beauty can survive even the harshest conditions and she insured every one of her SS19 creations showed that strength.

Words: Catherine Caines | Fashion Week Press
Images: Chris Yates

 

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

Roberta Einer’s trademark hypnotic beads, sequins and prints where out in force for her SS19 collection. It’s her radiant magpie aesthetic that first caught the fashion industry’s affections, but now this fast-rising designer has boldly changed frequency again.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

It takes a certain poetic courage to pour so much compassion into a collection, but Einer did just that. As her LFW collection linked along the runway, it was clear Einer wanted to bring to the surface a new womanly integrity whilst never loosing site of her playful embellishments and hand-embroidery decoration.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

What comes first for Einer, being a global citizen or a fashion designer? Her Estonian upbringing and love of 70's Moroccan culture certainly are an influences, as too living in London. It’s the 25-years-old's melting pot of life experiences that insured her SS19 collection could only be a maximist success.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

Her personal influences found their way onto the runway in the form of bags like precious Moroccan rug, easy hoodies, lightweight cocktail dresses and pyjama style layers.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

But it was the quieter moments when 70's inspired knitwear appeared, their colours as though a fading Moroccan summer set, that were as rewarding as her gorgeous sequin hybrids.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

Created in collaboration with knitwear designers Alice Lee and Kate Brittain, they were the perfect calming moment in the show. As too, the easiness of wrap ground skirts and the breezy silhouettes brought a gentle balance to the sequins and beads.

Roberta Einer LFW Spring/Summer 2019

Much has been written about Einer’s previous internship experience at Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Mary Katrantzou. But its her own daring, experimental designs that continue to climb to new personal heights, and we all want to go on the journey with her.

Words: Catherine Caines | Fashion Week Press

Photos: Martina Bruno