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The Cassey Gan AW19 show took place in the Freemason Hall and was capturing from the get go. Surrounding the collection was upbeat music, bright colours and of course, bowls of fruits & vegetables — what else?

Named Pixelated, Gan drew inspiration from Tim Braden - dissolving and reassembling her world for this AW19 show.

 

Known for her loose fitting clothing silhouettes, original prints and lightweight texture, this season for the first time she has experiments with thicker fabrics. Using innovative shapes and heavy layering, this collection combines comfort and style, making it as modern as it is elegant.

A colour palette of blues, olives, maroons and mustard, the clashing of the prints really do mix the timeless with the trendy effortlessly throughout this range.

Influenced also by the impossible pace of the fashion industry and the inevitable changes rooted in the digital age, Gan harnesses her frustrations at the speed which designers now work — this collection, Pixelated, comments on the love-hate paradox Gan sees in contemporary fashion.

Words: Andrea McCaul| Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Fashion Scout 

Jolin Wu returned to London Fashion Week after ten years for her AW19 show. Inspired by the iconic 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, Wu tells Fashion Scout, “My main inspiration is the film blade runner — the old one, the vintage one! That’s my biggest inspiration. That film affected me a lot. Everything – the film, the imagery, the dialogue, the music – everything. This is the 10th year of my business, and I wanted to do a collection that felt special. The film is so special for me, so it seemed right. The collection is about the future – how I imagine the future will be.”

You can see this inspiration throughout the collection, androgynous designs walking down the catwalk — delicate garments with a retro sportswear twist. 

Always experimenting with vivid colour, Wu used a mixture of red, silver, electric indigo, space blue, beige with neon green and yellow, as well as touches of pastel pink and drawstring handbags in purple and brown. It didn’t end there, with the unique make-up on each model making a true statement. Models had their hair loosely pulled back in low ponytails or wind-blown fringes, adding to the effortless feel of the designs.

A combination of textures, from velvet to tweed, the collection includes slip dresses, oversized coats, high neck tops and gloves that mixes elegance with an edgy feel.

Establishing her own brand in 2008, Wu focuses on womenswear (with a little menswear for the first time ever this season), and has been inspired by Masion Margiela throughout her career — you can’t go far wrong with that!

 

Words: Andrea McCaul | Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Fashion Scout 

I started my AW19 season for London Fashion Week at the Alice Archer show. Walking in to the sound of gentle, relaxing music playing in the background, models were being escorting in and out setting the scene for an extremely elegant show.

The Alice Archer AW19 collection was inspired by the early 16th century artist Lucas Cranah and his use of rich colours and sumptuous proportions of his subjects. Especially taken by the painting ‘Cupid Complaining to Venus’, she used her love of it throughout each design, working it into the prints and embroidery seen throughout the range.

Focusing on the Cranach’s depiction of apples, Archer developed a technique of embroidering in white thread overlaid with her oil paintings of apples from trees in Somerset - giving the designs a painterly feel. Also inspired by medieval woodcuts of snowball and hawthorn trees the embroidered pieces in this collection have a real connection to nature, with the addition of hand embellished pearls making them three-dimensional, bringing it all to life.

From fitted bodice dresses and coats to two piece suits featuring flared trousers this collection is the epitome of modern luxury. Florals on velvet and corduroy fabrics gives each piece a unique touch. What stood out the most for me was details on the sleeves - capes and ruffles gave a slight edge to the sophisticated nature of the show.

Alice Archer graduated from RCA in 2013, she moved to Antwerp to work as an embroidery designer for Dries van Noten. She has since worked frequently with Tracey Emin, producing her hand embroidered art work. So, you can see she’s had a passion for embroidery throughout her career, making this collection all the more specialist!

Words: Andrea McCaul| Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Fashion Scout 

Last week, one of our favourite stores re-opened the doors of their Spitalfields store and to put it simply, we're excited. They have re-imagined the concept of a traditional store and the result is a modern, immersive experience. We'll never look at high street shopping in the same way again.

The History of Belstaff

Adventure has always been at the heart of Belstaff  - it's what we have always loved about the brand, so it was no surprise that this sentiment has now been extended to their physical stores. To fully understand the concept, you first have to look backwards...

Specialising in leather and waxed biking jackets, Belstaff was founded in 1924 and has become a true British institution. Their dedicated devotees speak volumes. Past collections include a capsule line by David Beckham and Belstaff x McLaren, a collaboration between the two iconic brands.

With roots in the industrial North, Belstaff's impeccable designs and craftsmanship have always sought to reflect the motorcycling spirit, harking back to the heyday of British biking in the 50s and 60s. And now their brand-new Spitalfields store has recreated the community spirit of the cafes where these bikers would congregate.

A Re-imagined Retail Experience

In their new store, an informal space has been carved out so customers can sit back, relax and enjoy a hot drink. All the while they're surrounded by clear nods to the brand's industrial origins - cabinets proudly displaying motorcycle trophies and walls covered in maps and photographs of true legends who were devoted to their jackets, including Che Guevara and Steve McQueen. Not to mention the beautiful locally-sourced furniture that fills the store... We've been dreaming of antique cabinets since our visit!

But it's not just the aesthetics that make this store a pioneer in retail. They've created tactile textile displays that encourage customers to touch and feel the materials before they buy. The store layout is fluid, with the men's and women's collections displayed together and a moving cash desk - all of which contributes to a relaxed and authentic shopping experience that we have desperately needed, but never realised it.

Paving the Way for the Future

Belstaff has already revealed that we can expect to see this concept rolled out to the rest of their stores and each will 'consciously reference the communities they serve'.

The fashion industry has long been desperate for an injection of life like this. We've started to see it on the catwalk, with Anya Hindmarch's immersive installation  'The Weave Project' at London Fashion Week. But Belstaff is leading the way for the high street. Their focus on what their community needs  draws the customer into their story, whilst never abandoning what we know and love about the brand.

They describe their new imagining of the retail experience as 'a new adventure' and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

A catwalk held in Freemasons’ Hall, Junne’s AW19 collection showcased just what the brand has always stood for – designs for women with an individual and bold taste for fashion.

Starting the show with a pop, orange silhouettes made their way onto the runway with fun illustrations and frayed detailing setting the tone for the entire show.

A colour palette of bright orange and green mixed with pastel purples and versatile navy shades, this collection had something for everyone. Featured within the knitwear was a shimmery fabric similar to that of a mermaid (yes this was my first thought!) that really made a statement. One of my favourite bits of detailing had to be the colourful circular cut outs featured throughout the knitted jumpers, coats and hats – adding to the playful nature of this collection.

Yup you read that right I mentioned hats, but that wasn’t the only accessory that featured with scarfs, oversized jewellery, sunglasses, belts and handbags all seen in this collection alongside the outfits - showing you the true potential of each design and how it could be incorporated into any wardrobe.

Junne began its journey in 2015, and every season blends extravagance & elegance to make the perfect combination of the two. It is a name you know will make you stand out from the crowd, while delivering high quality & absolute comfort at the same time!

 

Words: Andrea McCaul| Fashion Week Press | @andreaelizam
Images: Eloise Peachey |Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeacheyphoto