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Perhaps the most sophisticated show of the weekend, Rohmir not only showcased the weeks youngest fashion stars, welcoming three adorable child models to the catwalk, but was stepped out to a live operatic performance.  

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Setting out to capture the passion of classic Italian beauty, Rohmir’s SS18 prom dress collection entitled “Sparkling”, boasts yet another line of timeless ready-to-wear pieces which scream out nobility and class.

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The SS18 colour palette remained simple, yet sophisticated; with navy and cream, meeting midnight and sky blues. Rohmir favours v-neck or crew-cut necklines, her dresses classically tailored to create a sleek finish which compliments the female silhouette.

Adding to the aura of elegance and glamour, Rohmir’s SS collection keeps its “Sparkling” promise, with beads and sequins studding the gowns and decorating the hemlines, while side-slit skirts and open backs give the collection a touch of risqué.

A stand-out piece came in the form a beautiful white wrap-around gown, one of two pieces decorated from top to toe in delicate applique flowers.

Ruffled collars and flared sleeves were just a couple more standout features of the collection, which was not simply walked, but theatrically performed by its talented cast of models, beautifully made up with 30s inspired hair and classic smoky eyes credit to Kryolan UK and Tony and Guy.

Confidently showcased, designer Olga Roh put on a truly outstanding showcase on every level of detail, earning herself a celebratory walk of the runway in one of her own stunning designs.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Sarah Mildred | Fashion Week Photographer | @Sarah_Mildred

The ocean is unfathomable to most of us. So much of it is unknown - this is where the inspiration for Alexis Carballosa's new collection, entitled 'Unbound' came from. With his signature use of gossamer fabrics to cover the head, each piece tempts us to imagine what might be found if we were free to explore the depths of the sea without limits. What would we find there in those exotic deep expanses?

If Carballosa's show is anything to go by, it's possible we might uncover anything.  Long ruffled skirts and flowing pleated cloaks offer hints of seahorses and mermaids.  Black asymmetrical frills are reminiscent of fins or flippers, while a tulip shaped skirt over trousers evokes images of seashells.  A pleated skirt is paired with an ivory sheer blouse and a silver waistband - like a glimmering fish catching the sunlight beneath the swirling surface.

The colour palette is mainly a spectrum of blues and greens - from a dazzling aquamarine and shimmering cerulean to a vibrant peacock and sparkling emerald.  But this is interspersed with a squid ink black and splashes of yellow to remind us that beneath the cool blue-green water, lurks a unique and unusual kind of beauty.

Each piece is carefully structured to give the impression of water flowing or tidal waves - as the models glided down the runway as smoothly as they would cut through water.  Whether your preferred ocean inspiration is Ariel the little mermaid or Ursula the sea witch, this underwater influenced collection is certain to capture your imagination.

Words: Niki Rooney | Fashion Week Press | United Agents

Photos: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photographer | @mvwphotographer

For Autumn / Winter 17, the design duo behind Barrus, Neslisah Yilmaz and Nur Caglayan, continue to unite their heritage with global forms of fashion in their collection which once again pays tribute to their Turkish background.  This time, they take influence from the seventh wonder of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, creating a look that pairs simple clean tailoring with eye-catching embellishment.

The show opened with the confident stride of Turkey's international top model, Tulin Sahin, in bejewelled flowing gown in a rich gemstone blue.  This set the tone for the show - an opulent and elegant affair of intense hues and daring cuts.  Masculine tailored catsuits and bodysuits are given a feminine touch with beading and sleek satin collaring.

A sprinkle of sparkle on the bodice and a flash of feather at the cuff conjures images of a pensile paradise, while full skirts and fluid sleeves give a sense of movement and flow.  A sequinned jumpsuit is swathed in sheer rich purple, giving the effect of a shimmering oasis beneath.

Plunging necklines teamed with full length skirts add glamour and gloss while decorative trims draw you into the details, like delicate flowers in a lively landscape.  Opulent and intricate, this collection has complex depths as it asks your eye to return to examine the details again and again.

Colour blocking played a big part in breaking up the show into clear sections.  Autumnal plums and intense navy gave way to a subtle sage and delicate ivory as the show progressed to climax in a range of snow white gowns, showcasing a Babylonian inspired sense of structure and style. The final billowing white dress worn by Sahin as she closed the show would certainly honour Queen Amytis as she admired her infamous gardens.

Words: Niki Rooney | London Fashion Week Press | United Agents

Images: Mel Williams | London Fashion Week Photographer |  @mvwphotographer

Portuguese designer, David Ferreira's show was like delving right into his curious and colourful imagination. For his AW17 collection, 'Freakball,' the designer takes inspiration from freak shows and the circus to put on a fashion spectacle at Freemasons' Hall.

These quirky creatures walk tall, slowly floating down the runway in an explosion of fur and ruffles. As they glide, they twirl and twist their arms in the air, demanding the attention of the audience who can't take their eyes off these magical beings.

It is obvious that Ferreira does not design for the average woman. His muse is an unconventional type with a strong personal style and a taste for stand-out pieces. His garments are known for blurring the lines between fashion and art, and this Fashion Week is no different.

Design details focus on freeing the woman from her natural shape, creating new and quirky silhouettes. These women clearly want to stand out - the voluminous excess of ruffles says so.

This sugary dream world is injected with candy pink, baby blue and soft lilac against accents of rich purple, inky blue and fuchsia. The models' faces are also full of colour, creating dramatic eyes, full pouts and rainbow striped hair.

'Freakball' is a celebration of individuality and not fitting into society's stereotype of "normal." A wonderfully whimsical collection with a strong high-fashion editorial appeal.

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

A grand white staircase under the name Paul Costelloe sets the scene for the designer's AW17 show inside The Waldorf Hilton. As the first three models walk out, a strong tailoring theme is instantly set.

Irish tweeds, fine wools and silk jacquards make up looks with a slight nod to the Tudor period. Sleeves are exaggerated, waists are small and skirts are full.

Corseted designs emphasise the feminine silhouette and plunging necklines and slit skirts add a youthful edge to these historical shapes. Traditional fabrics are teamed brilliantly with modern English latex and leather to bring the look into the present day.

Sheer fabrics, cut-outs and a metallic colour palette also add an element of youth to the designs.

The models walk proud, confident and strong, reflecting the Paul Costelloe muse. He pays close attention to detail, creating collections out of the finest quality materials, tailored beautifully to make the wearer look and feel fantastic.

The designer has an exceptional talent for pairing textures expertly. There is a constant play between matte and sheen, smooth and tactile, delicate and structured.

In his own words, Costelloe says, "Creativity, texture and traditional designs are what I want my brand to always be." He's certainly hit the mark again with this extraordinary collection.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photographer | @mvwphotographer