Tag: AW17

Design twin duo Tata Naka know how to finish LFW with a bang. Every year their presentation has a fun party vibe, and this year was no different. Despite the grey day outside and the prospect that fashion week is nearly over for another season, we couldn’t help but feel uplifted as we sipped on coconut water through brightly coloured straws and watched the models laughing and dancing in the AW17 collection.

Taking inspiration from tribal Africa, the designs were a feast of print and colour, draped across bodies in the most attractive of ways. Dresses were long and floating, with ruffled and pleated detailing; trousers and sweatshirts were loose and stripy, and bold printed fabrics twisted and turned themselves into bralets and skirts, all in a striking green, red and yellow colour palette. Heavier, silk jacquard fabrics were combined with this free-flowing aesthetic, tailored into elegant silhouettes that provided a more formal, but no less fun, edge to proceedings.

Tartans in more subdued blues and greens exploded into the collection, their precise patterns clashing wonderfully with the painterly style of the previous designs. These, too, had a more structured feel to them, but each with their own creative element – tribal pockets here, zebra-pint shoulder pads there and tonnes of personality in each outfit.

Ultimately, that’s exactly what this collection is about – an expression of spirit that is so joyful and happy that it becomes a part of who you are and how you look. Lush green florals from the simple yet effective backdrop snaked their way into plaited hair and across smiling faces; the final touch in creating this larger than life offering that shows off Tata Naka’s true talent. Season after season, the pair somehow manage to liberate their designs from paper, busting them out from behind a sea of look-but-don’t-touch presentaions and shows to make clothes that you can’t wait to throw on and have some fun in.

 

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_

Freemasons Hall was home to a truly one of a kind presentation this season - Haluminous AW17. One not to be missed, this collection shows that just like life, clothing can be full of distress.

Haluminous is a Sydney based womenswear brand founded in 2016 by designer Hannah Kim. She has a reputation for creating highly embellished garments in youthful silhouettes, with a stand out SS17 collection already in tact.

For this collection the presentation started with a focus on just one model. In the middle of the room, surrounded by a circle of white lilies and candles, the model slowly bended and twisted her body, as eery music played in the background.

After a few moments you were completely transfixed, almost missing the models stumbling out. A real contrast from the norm at fashion week they shuffled around the circle, wearing garments made up of vibrant red and black hues. Shorts, socks, sliders, hoodies and dresses were all layered on top of each other creating unstructured silhouettes, complementing the feel of the presentation.

Whether the designs were finished with embroidery, embellishment or ruffles, each piece was unique, much like the collection in it’s entirety.

 

Words: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam

Images: Amie Caswell | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot

One of London Fashion Week’s hottest tickets drew in the expected large crowd at the Fashion Scout showspace, held at Freemason’s Hall in Holborn. Pam Hoggs shows are often amongst the most highly anticipated of the season, and Autumn Winter 2017 did not fall short. The always theatrical, fun and high energy show brought an intergalactic punk-rock navy ship to London.

Putting a glitter-punk spin on military and sailor inspired clothing, Hoggs’ collection was as heavy in sequins as it was in PVC. With a retro sentiment alluding to the wonder years of glam rock, the collection took Barbarella Queen of the Galaxy and set it on a cruise ship to a soundtrack of Bowie and Blondie.

Hogg’s “Army of Lovers” stormed down the runway in leather trenchcoats and bodysuits. Menswear was featured in the form of complete leather looks, with open shirts and tight PVC. The collection featured a flower undertone with the use of daisy yellows, deep reds and greens, and a black dress with roses attached. All black and all white outfits were seen between standout sequined jumpsuits and belted dresses. Roller pins in model’s hair and bonnets were also seen, further exaggerating the vintage feel to the collection.


Words: Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb
Images: Zac Mahrouche | Fashion Week Photographer | @zacmahrouche

Rohmir is celebrating 10 years in high fashion with her AW17 collection. Born of Russian nobility, Olga Roh began the Swiss luxury fashion brand in 2007 after studying for her masters at Istituto Marangoni in London and PhD at the University of Bern. Heavily influenced by her journeys around Europe, this range was dedicated to Spain.

Titled “El Castillo Secreto: A Magic Journey”, the catwalk started with a video that showcased part of this journey. The film showed models walking through beautiful countrysides and castle grounds, before the lights came up in the Freemason hall and the flamenco dancer came out. Dancing to the music he set the scene before the models joined him on the catwalk.

A luxurious baroque design in velvet, lace and chiffon fabrics alike made up a lot of the pieces, with flares, ruffled sleeves, dresses and capes all taking on this statement style. Not forgetting the mix of knitted, tasseled and sheer fabrics, that added charm throughout the collection.


Every aspect was thought of, from the pearl trim hats and roses hair clips to the flamenco inspired makeup, fitting into the theme of the collection effortlessly. The colour palette featured reds, golds and blacks, creating a real statement throughout.

This Spanish collection was truly special and the catwalk was like nothing you’d seen before, every detail faultlessly following the theme.

 

Words: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Jessamine Cera | Fashion Week Photographer | @jessamineceraphoto

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Phoebe English presented a refreshing take on her utilitarian workwear aesthetic. Held in Fitzrovia Chapel, the collection mixed work with elements of nature and regality. Models stood in place amongst set pieces that complimented the intricate details of their outfits. Some models were adorned in a combination of earth and jewel tones, whilst others were fitted in monochromatic looks.

The collection was entitled Tyranny and was a reflection of the designers fear of our current uncertain geopolitical climate. Each look was entirely different, providing a commentary of different aspects of the world’s reaction to recent events. Models wore minimal makeup but had phrases written across their faces and hands, in the same colour as the central colour to the outfit they wore. The collection was split into different sections with models representing Hope, Unity, Tyranny, Fear, Apathy, Voice, Courage and Repair. A comic touch was seen in a blue ensemble, with a model's hair decorated with biro pens and deep blue ink stains around her mouth. This was contrasted with other pieces; another model, whose forehead had Courage written in gold, was dressed in a lavish golden jacquard print cape and gold leaf crown.

The collection utilised a loose fitting silhouette and a mixture of elemental colours such as a fiery red suit and an ivy green drop-shoulder dress.The set pieces matched the looks, with the green outfit being surrounded by foliage and the models hair fixed with leaves. Three models were connected by hair tie and wore matching white dresses with metallic material interrupting the fabric.

Words: Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb
Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_