It might have been a blustery, grey day in London as we headed towards the Amba Hotel at Charing Cross, but that soon lay forgotten as Ollari’s SS17 collection started to make its way down the catwalk. Inspired by the ruins of the Tulum and Frida Kahlo’s iconic style, we were quickly transported to a long, hot summer in Mexico by the designs that appeared before us.

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Bold, tropical floral prints covered chic wideleg trousers, fitted crop tops, all in one catsuits and flowing dresses, with cutouts and tied fronts adding a flirty undertone to each look.

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Pleats and frills gave way to sultry fitted colourblock shapes adorned with beaded borders, emulating the shape of the Mayan temples that sit against blue sky and yellow sand.


Colours become more saturated for evening, showing off silhouettes with fitted crop tops set against ruffle-waist trousers, striking the perfect balance between sophisticated glamour and showing off that tanned holiday bod.

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Bold shades gave way to more subtle pastels from the palette in simple shift dresses. Fabric became more textured, showing off the detail of its yarn-dyed stripes and intricate beaded necklines.

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Designer Meagan Ollari has delivered a perfectly-formed collection of summer pieces, showing off the female form in the best way – much like her muse Frida Kahlo. Paired with a simple coral lip and on-trend braids, the collection is flattering, easy to wear and finished to the highest detail, blending multi-faceted influences into one seamless set of designs.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Eloise Peachey | Fashion Week Press | @eloisepeachey