Category: LONDON FASHION WEEK

Malaysian designer, Cassey Gan, clearly has an eye for geometry. A lively and vibrant palette in bold prints embodies her spring summer 2019 collection, revealed at Fashion Scout's show at Freemason's Hall.

In reaction to Malaysia's altering political scene, the bright and colourful aesthetic stands for her hopeful and optimistic spirit. Inspired by David Hockney's sixties pop art, Cassey Gan uses strokes of colour and print-on-print to create a sense of controlled chaos, reminiscent of Hockney's work.

For the first time in 60 years, Malaysia has seen a change of government; and with change comes uncertainty. To rival this feeling of unease, Cassey Gan has focused on the bright future that this could bring for younger generations with the spirit of nationalism and patriotism demonstrated throughout the entire country.

Having grown up in a country that is very diverse in culture, the designer is accustomed to being inclusive. She always designs with customers of all races and different sizes in mind. This outlook is also apparent at her shows, using a diverse range of models.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Eloise Peachey |Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeacheyphoto

Glistening, glittering, magical. Paula Knorr's dazzling collection for spring/summer 19 was designed to take your breath away.

With a showstopping presentation held at 180 The Strand, this German designer pulled out all the stops with her expert draping and cutting skills, having honed them at Peter Pilotto, after graduating from the prestigious Royal College of Art.

For SS19, Knorr plays with the contrast between volume and fitted silhouettes. Body-con off-the-shoulder ruffled styles are juxtaposed with oversized cape contours and fluidity.

Along with soft crepe and shiny metallic lame, fabrics like lightweight jersey are used, fused with Swarovski crystal embroidered mini-dresses. Crystal banding is also present on draped shift dresses, creating movement at the hem.

Illusion tulle is printed with glittery clouds to create translucent textures. Sequins are interwoven with light cotton for a summery feel.

The colour palette combines soft pastels with warm pink, orange and steel blue. A dreamy combination to match the statement jewellery pieces created in collaboration with design duo, Rathel & Wolf.

Every look demands attention; each as stunning as the next.

A truly elegant and feminine collection of irresistible eveningwear glamour.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography

London Fashion Week is where we get all our style tips - the place to wear the most fabulous outfits of the season while taking note of what to be wearing for the next!

So, now that the SS19 shows have come to an end we can take our eyes away from the catwalk and focus on what we spotted off the runway. Our favourites (to name a few) feature bursts of orange, wild prints, checks on checks, full on fringing and not forgetting 70s inspired florals. Whether you were flying solo or a power couple, serious coordination was key and caught our attention wherever we turned! You heard and saw it here first, these are the trends we'll be watching this autumn.

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Words: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Eloise Peachey | Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeacheyphoto

 

A brand synonymous with cashmere, Johnston’s of Elgin proves its all-year-round appeal with a stunning spring/summer collection – the first in the brand’s history.

Held inside The Waldorf Hilton’s beautiful Palm Court, the latest collection showcased a new dimension using cutting edge knit innovations and lightweight textilesexpertly adapting their designs to suit the warmer months.

Cashmere silk and cotton pieces in a tropical palette of pastels, hot pink, lemon and electric blue were used for both men’s and womenswear. A stand-out women’s jumpsuit drew attention with its vivid shade of deep blue and classic stripe detailing.

Every fabric used is unique to the brand with cashmere woven in the company’s mill in Elgin on the banks of the River Lossie and knitwear created in the Border town of Hawick. In its quest to further its commitment to sustainability, the brand is working tirelessly with the Sustainable Fibre Alliance – which Johnston's of Elgin helped to fund and launch.

The spring/summer 19 collection explored three concepts – the first of which was high summer. Tissue weight mesh constructions lent a delicate air to the looks.  Cashmere dresses and cropped trousers were impossibly light whilst playing with volume. Fluid and effortless shapes in kimono cuts and pyjama styles contributed to a relaxed and super luxe feel.

The second concept looked at warm climates. Whole garment technology was used to create clothing with fewer seams, resulting in a much cleaner and cooler look. These were woven in a distinct species of cotton with the most luxurious and precious fibres and set new benchmarks for craftsmanship and cooling comfort.

For the third concept, sophisticated cruise-inspired pieces in timeless hues were constructed in cotton merino double face fabrics. This concept also includelight and easy outerwear and oversized cardigans in ribbed styles, perfect for the chill of early spring.  

Creative Director, Alan Scott said “It is an honour to return to London Fashion Week for a second season. This unique collection, lovingly made in Scotland, retains our signatures of textile expertise, craft and tailoring for which we have become world renowned, whilst showing the fashion world – for the very first time – that the brand is for all seasons.” It’s fair to say that Johnston’s of Elgin has firmly established that.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Eloise Peachey |Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeacheyphoto

 

 

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