By the end of a busy day of shows, the crowd outside Freemasons’ Hall are usually ready to get a bit of a Friday wiggle on in the last shows of the day. And Michaela Frankova did not disappoint them.
The beat of the music echoed through the showspace as her beautiful young things oozed down the catwalk, almost in slow-motion, showing off every indulgence that the designer had woven into the pieces.
Decadent headdresses, designed by Della Reed at Velvet Eccentric, sat atop marcel-waved hair, dripping in beads and glittering jewels that scattered themselves down the faces of the models. Necks were cuffed with velvet collars in rich tones, some created exclusively for the collection by Reed, each one adorned with different neckpieces that drew the audience’s attention.
And then we get to the clothes themselves. Inspired by the classic Hollywood glamour of the 1940s, the collection mostly consisted of dresses; long, shimmering gowns made up of delicate beading and layers of tulle walked alongside sultry slips made of delicate silks.
Silvers, lilacs and golds gave the designs a sophistication, while stronger, bolder colours and eye-catching prints from digital artist T-Mo Bauer added a feisty kick.
For more of a day-to-day style, there were tight trousers in black and white, featuring intricate lace and fur cut-outs that were emulated in the sheer tops and jackets that they were paired with.
As the music reached a crescendo, Frankova’s ultimate Golden Age woman arrived on the catwalk, wearing a decadent evening dress in cornflower blue and silver shades. Shoeless and clutching a venetian eye mask, she laughed and spun down the catwalk, flanked by two models in white leotard dresses, covered in jewels. And it was this that summed up Frankova’s collection perfectly; opulent and dramatic pieces that emphasise the individual, enigmatic character of anyone who wears them.
Images: Zac Mahrouche | Fashion Week Photographer | @zacmahrouche