Author: Ebony Lauren Nash

No bullshit fashion and beauty blogger. I don't have pastel hair or a super fancy DSLR, but I sure can write. You can catch me at http://elnfashion.com.

It was easy to forget the early-afternoon world outside once the lights dropped in Victoria House today, as Kwok set the scene for what could only be likened to a secret midday rave – models stomping to a filthy driving bass, illuminated by a light display that would leave epileptics running for the hills. Overall, the effect proposed what could only be assumed to be a creative nightmare for photographers, but for us journalists, it made for raw, goosebump-inducing fashion. It’s clear that Kay Kwok isn’t messing around this season.

We left 2014 at the door – despite all its new promise and novelty – to be wilfully plummeted into Kwok's futuristic vision. Said vision honed right into surrealism: transparent perspex neck pieces, hologram glitter - think '2001: A Space Odyssey' with a hint of drag glam and we'll be on the same page. Whilst the general colour palette revolved primarily around monochrome; the pieces that could be deemed as 'out-of-outfit' (referring to that appendage), were definitely something out-of-this-world.

Factor in a few graphic-print oversized garbs that could only be described as monk robes on acid, and I think Kay Kwok has thrown just about enough at us to handle without a party bag of psychedelic pills.

Check out the Kay Kwok  profile on the London Collections: Men webpage.

Words: Ebony Lauren Nash | Fashion Week Press | @Ebzo
Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_

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With the quintessential London rain hammering down in floods, there was no better place to seek refuge than Hunter Gatherer’s ‘Neon Noir’ presentation this morning – welcomed by a delightful breakfast spread of salmon canapés and rustic granola yoghurts. We bustled over to the show spot for a good viewpoint, and with not a moment spared to compose yourself - or even swallow your last nibble of bagel: the presentation began.

The brand cites a Ryan Gosling circa ‘Drive’ inspiration - though, fortunately, the collection packs more of a punch than Gosling’s mono-emotional performance. Panning in primarily to a dark, black-on-black vibe, HG utilise monochrome in a multitude of fashions: incorporating graphic zip prints, Pollock-reminiscent paint splattering and tastefully distressed leather. The look could almost be described as the kind of clothes you’d force your bad-boy boyfriend to wear upon his first meeting of the parents. Slickly tailored, precisely fitted, but quietly bursting at the seams with a punk-driven edginess.

Conversely, the line took a brighter turn at the halfway point: two models shone amidst the sea of black and white. A/W14 adds in the tease of a summer palette with neon yellow and beige, throwing the aforementioned monochrome to the wall - if you’ll excuse the horrendous Pollock joke. Though the pieces could be deemed a tad out of place, the colour splurge in today’s winter chill could only remind us of lighter days to come.

Check out the Hunter Gather profile on the London Collections: Men webpage.

Words: Ebony Lauren Nash | Fashion Week Press | @Ebzo
Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_

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