Our journey into Bernard Chandran’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection began with a backstage peak into his magical world as the girls received their make up and finishing touches.  With clients such as the Malaysian Royal family it’s no wonder his Royal influences transfer onto the catwalk in his luxurious designs. Known in Malaysia as the ‘King of fashion’ Chandran’s unique style of Royal opulence was sure to make an impact once again.

The excitement built as the show began and the models shimmered their way down the catwalk. From the first look we knew it was one of our favourite shows of the day. Lavish embellishment by way of jewel encrusted shoulder straps complimented metallic evening dresses in pastel shades of purple, pink and blue. Later vibrant red and emerald green made a huge impact along with glitter encrusted tiaras, just what every princess needs.

The collection was versatile but exciting and was well suited to both the catwalk and pavement. By bringing his opulent Malaysian influences, Chandran creates a collection where each piece is just as eye-catching and breath-taking as the next. The Freemason’s Hall was the ideal setting for this extravagant affair with the lavish décor and gilded interiors working in unison with the designs. Dresses made up the majority of the collection, from maxi to midi. The focal look that had everybody questioning it’s relevance was a full length flowing dress, matched with crystal encrusted headphones and yes, an iPod!

The make up focused on matte red lips, complimented with dewy skin and natural eyes. Gold glittered anointment lines gave reference to religion as well as oriental inspired facial jewellery. For Spring/Summer 2014 Chandran gives women the chance to feel like a Princess, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only girl there who dreams of dressing in Bernard Chandran for the day.

Words: Katie Handy-Beith | Fashion Week Press | @katiehandybeith 

Images: Rosemary Pitts | Fashion Week Photography | @Rosemary_Pitts