Fyodor Golan's AW18 London Fashion Week collection was a high-flying, yet utterly down-to-earth showcase of motion and colour. The creative duo, who are known for their experimental flair, this time drew their new season concept from the sky. Rainbows inspired the aesthetics and colour scheme, while hot air balloons influenced the dynamic movements of every piece. The show, In collaboration with MTV, struck a youthful chord proving that leisurewear is constantly being adopted and adapted by each generation.
With planets and orbs decorating the showspace, this was certainly one collection that hoped to elevate edgy styles to new heights. The retro 1980s feel of the collection was injected with a spectrum of colour that exuded a thoroughly playful spirit. Pleated skirts layered over tracksuits challenged the traditional rules of luxury leisurewear while preaching the Fyodor Golan X MTV attitude of being young, adventurous and original.
Fyodor Golan's ethos of always achieving new modes of motion was enhanced by the literal and metaphorical idea of hot air balloons. Sweeping dresses with gathered hems Vs fluent tracksuits moved with a light and effortless breeze, poised to take flight. The collection is also prepped for the Autumn/Winter season, with chunky knits and over-sized jackets.
The show succeeded in creating ready-to-wear fashion that is ready to reach unlimited heights and still, it came across as accessible to anyone.
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Images: Martina Bruno | Fashion Week Photographer | @martinabrunoph
Guests were given headphones to wear as they entered the Vinyl Factory show space. Bass-heavy electro melodies played out of the speakers and could be heard through the headsets. A series of screens showcased the 3D CGI models in a selection of Fyodor Golan “Miximaliste" designs. An instrumental version of Riri’s Needed Me played at one point and I’m pretty sure that the Bajan beauty, whose love of thigh high boots is well-documented, would be a fan of some of the Fyodor Golan footwear herself.
Real life models walked around the showroom once the screens stopped showing the 3D imagery. And after showcasing Fyodor Golan’s SS17 designs in motion, they each took to four different areas of the room so that attendees could get up close and personal with the designs.
The holographic fabric two-piece was a show stopper. A rainbow of colours could be seen as the model wearing it sauntered around the room and shifted against the backdrop of hazy neon hues which now occupied the screens. Although it didn’t feature any of the material, the jacket of the two-piece resembled the structural design of a denim jacket, and strong denim pieces made up a number of the other looks. Forget double denim, although that made an appearance here too, Fyodor Golan made a strong case for triple denim, quadruple denim and just-about-every-inch covered in denim.
Ruffles and frills, both reoccurring features of numerous other shows this season, accented several of the looks presented at Fyodor Golan. Regardless of your feelings about looks of head-to-toe denim, full length holographics and luminous pink gowns, Fyodor Golan’s collection definitely translates well into wearable and desirable pieces. It wouldn’t surprise me if holographic mini skirts or holographic accented accessories are big in SS17 and if denim’s spring/summer update takes on similar manipulations to those showcased here.
Hair and make up was bright and bold. Most of the models wore braids with beads on the end and some had the front of their hair slicked down in waves, styles which have strong roots in black hair history. Brows were bleached and lips were lined and filled in with deep berry tones.
It’s wonderful when designer’s show as much passion and thirst for originality in how their designs are displayed as they do in the creation of their collections. This was a fun presentation with promising looks. Top marks for the inventive approach.
Words: Alannah Francis | Fashion Week Press|@AlannahFrancis1
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Designer duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman delivered another bright and eclectic collection for Autumn Winter 2016. Dresses and skirts were presented in bold neon colours and adorned with dazzling prints. The garments were also heavy in clashing colours such as a brown fur coat mixed with panels of fluorescent green and an intense yellow top. Layers and textures were toyed with in dresses with pleats snaking along the body, asymmetrical sleeves and frills on shoulders, whilst denim had large multi coloured ruffles on the side.
Fyodor Golan utilised imagery of Coca-Cola in a quite Warholian style. With repeat prints of the tops of bottles decorating the backs of overcoats and satin robes in black, white and red, making for fun patterns. The Coca-Cola logo was also sprawled across many pieces, particularly a black skin tight dress with accompanying cloak and a white logo going vertically down the front. 1950’s style adverts were also seen on the front of skirts in large prints. The collection also featured jackets and trousers that looked as if they were embellished with bottle tops, making for dazzling sights as they bounced in the light.
Renaissance art was also contrasted against the pairs neon style in the form of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” being used in a few garments as a print mixed with bright blue and lime green accessories such as long rubber look gloves and plastic chain belts. Following these pieces, the music changed to Grimes “World Princess Part II” and models walked down the runway in bright pinks, clashes of blue velour against green satin and, metallic jackets. The collection also heavily featured circular cutouts with bright plastic rings on the edges, running along the tops of many pieces.
The collection was tied together by the consistent use of gold and silver brogues, pink, blue or green netted tights and messy wet look hair with simple make-up and harsh under eye eyeliner.
Words: Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb
Images: Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer | @joshuaatkins
Fyodor Golan’s ‘Electric Children’ was one of the first shows of LFW and the location was stunning with floor to ceiling windows in an office block in central. Innovative design duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman show they mean business as they opened the show with metallic yellow cigarette pants with matching bralet and oversized jacket. Although inspired by motorcycle wear for Spring/Summer 14 Fyodor Golan kept an elegant and luxurious mood throughout. Moments of a 90’s urban revival were manifested as the letters ‘FG’ embossed over chunky knits.
The collection saw the pair collaborate with jewellery company, Tresor Paris as luxurious beads were sewn on to bralets, tops and dresses, adding a salient element to the texture. Embellishment also came in the form of ostrich feathers and lots of them, followed by a bralet covered entirely in yellow smiley faces.
Colours were most popular in pastel shades of musk pink and sunshine yellows and baby blue. Not forgetting it’s heavy influence from motorcycle wear black made a late appearance, bringing with it a vamp finish.
Towards the end of the collection you could see the design duos background in fine art evident as garments with marble paint effect using pastel colours in a fine degree. Hair was greasy and slicked back reminding us of the biker influence, with the make up relatively subtle with the focus on vibrant pink lips. I applaud Fyodor Golan for taking us off the rainy streets of London and transporting us into a cyber world of luxurious womenswear.
Words: Katie Handy-Beith | Fashion Week Press | @katiehandybeith
Images courtesy of Trace Publicity
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