As we queued outside the On|Off space ready for the Edeline Lee presentation, munching on complimentary Pronto pots, excitement started to build. It’s the first day of LFW AW16, my first show of the season and The Vinyl Factory is certainly a great place to start; there’s no telling what delights may be hiding in their basement venues.
Having made her LFW debut in September, Edeline Lee is still relatively new to the scene, but nothing about her presentation felt amateur. Black and white tiles were scattered across the floor, covered with mountains of blue and red shredded tissue paper, creating a rugged landscape for the models to explore. The whole scene was reflected in jagged mirrors on the back wall, with slivers of each visual aspect morphing into abstract shapes and colours, forming a beautifully chaotic sensory experience.
Set against this backdrop were the clothes. Contrasting with the cool, hard texture of the environment, they seemed soft, warm and comforting. Cream was the dominant colour, paired with black piping, whilst flashes of red enlivened the collection. The designs were determinedly relaxed; huge, downy overcoats, supple sweater dresses and pantsuits were the basis of most styles. Oversized pockets adorned the range, emphasising their slouchy nature. For slightly more glamorous occasions, silhouettes became more figure-hugging and petrol green joined the line-up in the form of pretty printed dresses and glittering skinny trousers.
Finishing up with a quick stop to the Edeline Lee sweet bar (as far as I’m concerned, every presentation should come with personalised chocolate and teeth ’n’ lips), we walked through the psychedelic blue corridor and back out into the sunlight. In just a few years, the Central St Martin’s graduate has already created a well-formed and welcoming aesthetic which remained in the forefront of my mind throughout the rest of the day’s shows; a sure sign that this designer is headed for greatness.
Images: Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer