Tag: Autumn Winter 2015

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Dora Abodi AW15 at Freemasons Hall took a mystical, mythical theme with prints and applique taking the form of majestic flying horses and unicorns. There was an ethereal and dreamy aesthetic mixed with the hard edge of punk rock styling which made for a fashion forward collection.

Jet black was contrasted against bright, bold solid colour for an eye catching and attention grabbing look. Head-to-toe, the Dora Abodi woman is confident, powerful and edgy.

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The brand's signature style fuses classical art and religious rituals from the past with high technology from the future to form a baroque futurism. Ancient opulence is blended with rigid, robotic technology - a meeting of two very different cultures. This can clearly be seen in the clashing juxtaposition within Abodi's designs.

What's even better is that the brand is an ethical label that does not use real fur, exotic leathers or other materials from uncontrolled origins. A fun, inspiring and virtuous collection.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer
Images: Amie Caswell |Fashion Week Photographer| @amiecharlot

Sports luxe brand Charli Cohen presented her fight club themed collection in a basement at the ME London Hotel. The atmosphere was all about power and energy with athletic women modelling racerback crop tops, panelled t shirts and leggings.

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Charli trained as a personal trainer as well as a fashion designer so she really understands the sportswear market and works on bridging the gap between performance activewear and ready-to-wear fashion. The brand uses the highest quality in cutting edge sport-tech fabrics blending luxury, technology and contemporary design together.

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The Charli Cohen aesthetic involves body sculpting designs panelled together in high tech fabrics and bold colours. The brand appeals to powerful, energetic women with a fashionable edge.

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Charli may only be 24 but has already had international success after establishing herself in the UK and was granted sponsorship from INVISTA (owner of Lycra) - definitely one to watch!

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer
Images: Amie Caswell |Fashion Week Photographer| @amiecharlot

Australian design label, Sass & Bide, held their AW15 catwalk at Australia House London. The brand's founders, Heidi Middleton and Sarah Jane Clarke appointed Anthony Cuthbertson as the new Creative Director and tonight's show was his debut. Anthony is an English designer who has worked for the likes of Mulberry and Victoria Beckham so he's well used to the luxury market and did not disappoint.

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The brand is known for its artisanal handwork, bold statements and free spirit which can be seen in this winter's collection. The metallic colour palette glistened against a monochrome base. Intricately detailed beading work made up jackets, dresses and leggings and accessorised with chunky, cut out footwear. Jackets were boxy and structured which contrasted perfectly with the delicate handiwork and flowing pleated skirts.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer
Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_

Allumer's jewellery showcase at LFW this season took place at a rooftop bar at ME London Hotel. Models posed for a photoshoot against a stunning backdrop of the city skyline. With models wearing all black, the delicate pieces stood out and stole the limelight.

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Allumer comes from the French, 'to light up,' which is exactly what the brand aims to do - light up people's lives. The collection is dazzling, colourful and a hit with celebrities. The show attracted the likes of Made in Chelsea's Lucy Watson and Andy Jordan along with TOWIE star, Lucy Mecklenburgh.

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Founder Natasha Leith-Smith is a conceptual designer who was inspired by her mother, a gemologist. Natasha's success began after she made a bracelet for a friend at Vogue who blogged about it. She then received orders from Harvey Nichols and is now stocked all over the UK and US. The brand is said to be the Rolls-Royce of friendship bracelets.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer

Images: Zoe Lamb |Fashion Week Photographer|

Marharishi is an eco friendly, fair trade produced, high quality, utilitarian clothing brand. The name literally translates to 'great seer.' Their vision is to create environmentally sound, long lasting designs. Founder, Hardy Blechman, holds a strong respect  for nature and this combined with the use of latest technology makes for a very fashion forward brand. It is no surprise then that Marharishi were awarded 'Streetwear Designer of the Year' in 2000.

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The AW15 collection was presented at The Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street. The collection is innovative and functional, and does not conform to the latest trends. Inspiration comes from environmental issues and nature which is reflected in the materials used. These include hemp, natural fibres, organic cotton and recycled military clothing.

The brown and khaki green colour scheme conveys the natural roots of the inspiration behind their collection. The black was inspired by 'the original masters of stealth,' ninjas and the collection is entitled 'The Path to Stealth.' You can also see the concept reflected in the styling, with high necks, hats and scarves used to cover the face.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @Sunna_Naseer

Images: Robert Binda |Fashion Week Photographer|