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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

Sidharth Singhis's, contemporary womenswear label, grew out of a remote Village in North East India.

Eponymous to its principles, N&S GAIA prides itself on its sustainable use of fabrics, specialising in natural fibres and pioneering the exploration into upcycling techniques, the ‘N’ and ‘S’ of its name, standing for Nature and Sustainability.

The SS18 collection further develops the designers signature style; free-flowing fabrics and long hems, tapestry-esque motifs and the incorporation and modernisation of traditional Indian embroidery technique, Dakamanda.

Turning from the vibrant shades of rouge, cherry and yellow from his AW17 collection Hybrid, Singhis’s SS palette introduces more delicate pastel colourings in tie-dye effect, the earthy tones of autumn replaced by camel and sand.

The lightness of the fabrics gives the collection an air of fluidity and movement; wide-legged trousers, shift dresses and wrap-around jackets which billow at the hems and create a sense of airiness and serenity which perfectly embodies the multi-cultural expression of the collections home-country, while further encapsulating the romantic connotations of spring.

To contrast the relaxed sentiment of the silk, the pieces come embellished with black-beads and sequins, wide embroidered collars and oversized statement jewellery, which grant the collection a flair of expense and oriental richness.

In anticipation of upcoming trends, we can see in this collection the common threads of pink, yellow and pastel blues which have been favourites across the fashion weekend. Side slits, wide sleeves and exaggerated ruffles can also be recognised as common features of next years’ SS collections.

Overall the SS18 N&S GAIA collection presents itself as an expression of multiculturalism, nature and the calming nature of femininity, from North East India, to South East England, may Singhis's designs sustain you through the summer.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography

By the end of a busy day of shows, the crowd outside Freemasons’ Hall are usually ready to get a bit of a Friday wiggle on in the last shows of the day. And Michaela Frankova did not disappoint them.

The beat of the music echoed through the showspace as her beautiful young things oozed down the catwalk, almost in slow-motion, showing off every indulgence that the designer had woven into the pieces.

Decadent headdresses, designed by Della Reed at Velvet Eccentric, sat atop marcel-waved hair, dripping in beads and glittering jewels that scattered themselves down the faces of the models. Necks were cuffed with velvet collars in rich tones, some created exclusively for the collection by Reed, each one adorned with different neckpieces that drew the audience’s attention.

And then we get to the clothes themselves. Inspired by the classic Hollywood glamour of the 1940s, the collection mostly consisted of dresses; long, shimmering gowns made up of delicate beading and layers of tulle walked alongside sultry slips made of delicate silks.

Silvers, lilacs and golds gave the designs a sophistication, while stronger, bolder colours and eye-catching prints from digital artist T-Mo Bauer added a feisty kick.

For more of a day-to-day style, there were tight trousers in black and white, featuring intricate lace and fur cut-outs that were emulated in the sheer tops and jackets that they were paired with.

As the music reached a crescendo, Frankova’s ultimate Golden Age woman arrived on the catwalk, wearing a decadent evening dress in cornflower blue and silver shades. Shoeless and clutching a venetian eye mask, she laughed and spun down the catwalk, flanked by two models in white leotard dresses, covered in jewels. And it was this that summed up Frankova’s collection perfectly; opulent and dramatic pieces that emphasise the individual, enigmatic character of anyone who wears them.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Zac Mahrouche | Fashion Week Photographer | @zacmahrouche

Pam Hogg’s SS18 show came sooner than we were expecting this year, swapping her usual Friday night slot for one of the first on the schedule. But fear not; her show was still full of her effervescent energy that we’ve come to anticipate from her legendary catwalks.

As we made our way to our seats in the Vestibule of Freemason’s Hall, the catwalk was full of our favourite Pam Hogg regulars, including Jaime Winstone and Nick Cave, meeting and greeting each other and creating the pre-show hubbub that only Pam can inspire. After several attempts to get everyone quietly sitting in their seats, the chatter died down, the lights dimmed and the show began. A wonderfully vintage version of ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ lilted out of the speakers, crackling as though from a gramophone, setting the scene for the models that soon arrived.

Softer than her usual aesthetic, high-necked tulle and lace dresses in pastel and neutral shades opened the show, slowly gliding down the catwalk with a gentle sway as they moved. But she hasn’t suddenly gotten all conservative on us; the designer’s signature daring style soon revealed itself, with soft layered pompoms artfully placed over sheer bodysuits and masks covering faces, wiggling with every step.

The music shifted up a notch and suddenly things made a move towards the post-punk movement that has been a constant influence to Hogg’s design. Colours became bolder and more defined, lines hardened into graphic shapes and materials got a little bit sexier. Eyeshadows and lips, too, moved from subtle sweeps of shade to emblazoned stripes of pure colour.

Alongside primary colours and monochrome, the pastels from the start of the show reappeared, this time as eye-catching yet feminine pleather trench coats and barely-there plunging necklines.

The final duo to appear on the catwalk were a culmination of the exploration of two such different  design styles; ruffled tulle and and flattering silhouettes created bright pink and blue outfits, both completed by towering headdresses.

As Pam Hogg, or indeed, Dr Pam Hogg made her way down the catwalk on the arm of Alice Dellal, a name now synonymous with the brand, it was clear that the designer is evolving her oeuvre. The fun, colourful, graphic style that she’s recognised for is still there, but there are added elements of more nuanced femininity that round out the collection.

Pam Hogg might never be for the fashion wall-flower, but small and intriguing changes that she makes each season such as this keep  opening her world up to more and more people, and keep us coming back for more. ‘Friday I’m in love’ played her out, and, as ever, it’s Friday of fashion week that we’re in love with our gal Pam.


Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photography|@tegan.photography
Zac Mahrouche | Fashion Week Photography | @zacmahrouche

Fashion can be fickle, but there are some designers who arrive on the scene and instantly make the whole industry sit up and take notice. Ruihong Harry Xu is one such man. Despite the fact he only graduated this past summer, he revealed his second collection for his namesake fashion label, Harry Xu, this afternoon to a packed Vestibule at Fashion Scout, proving in one swift catwalk show that experience certainly doesn’t always trump talent.

Unusually for LFW, Jarylo Reborn is an entirely menswear collection, developing the youth prisoner from Xu’s graduate collection into a whole new incarnation. Adding in elements of the deity Jarylo, the Slavic god of rebirth, the designer takes his muse from troubled and beaten victim of the system to a determined and fresh-faced adult through a series of designs that both confine and define the person inside them.

Set to a foreboding soundtrack, the clothes arrived onto the catwalk, each telling the journey of the youth prisoner. Dark and overcoats with zipped pockets and barriers contrasted with pastel flowing shirts, worn open and finished with opulent gloves.

Prints and embellishments snuck onto heavier pieces, varying from subdued flowers to glittering floral beads. Overalls turned from shapeless to stylishly loose and strappy, showing off the person underneath.

Colours, too, spoke of an evolution – tone-on-tone blacks and navies gave way to dusky pinks and spring greens, before finishing the collection as cream and white shades, signalling the rebirth.

Xu’s masterly talent of telling stories with his clothes is truly astounding, especially when you consider that they are equally as functional and covetable as they are artistic. At once masculine and feminine, the AW17 collection has been designed to work as a whole, but the level of detail and care that has gone into each piece makes each one special. If this is the start of the youth prisoner’s journey in adulthood, we can’t wait to see what happens to him next.


Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photograher