Tag: Katharine Bennett

Momentarily blinded by the flashing lights outside the On|Off space at The Vinyl Factory, I thought I’d somehow stumbled through a time portal in the doorway when my eyes focussed again on Clio Peppiatt’s presentation.

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Inviting us to ‘kiss the future’, her models posed in futuristic living rooms, complete with television sets, glowing cube chairs and foil curtains. Whether languishing across furniture or stood together in defiant stances, the audience could tell straight away that these girls meant business.

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Spaceships and planets were printed, embroidered and embossed upon the fabrics, which ranged from leather to faux fur. Once again, pink was abound; this time in the form of metallic bralets, sexy evening dresses and furry jackets. Hearts and cats fully completed the fun, girly vibe of the room, adorned on accessories. The models’ feet even were robed in nude calf-length pop socks, decorated in silver stars, perhaps putting them back on the fashion radar after being confined to shoe shop floors for several decades.

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Yet not only aesthetically pleasing, these clothes also provided function. The designer’s favourite was a jacket which can charge a phone - considering the catfights for plugs in the press lounge, this will almost certainly be a firm favourite with the LFW crowd for next season’s shows.

Speaking to Clio, she explained that she was inspired by the lack of empowered women in video games, leading her to create her own cast of kick-ass, beautifully clothed females. And where better to set them than her favourite sci-fi show set?

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Clio’s view of the future is ultimately one of girl power, combining femininity with fierce independence.

 

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Eloise Peachey | Fashion Week Press | @eloisepeachey

Having seen Angel Chen at Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch last season, I was excited to be sat front row for her very own catwalk show in Freemason’s Hall.

I remembered her AW15 collection as being floaty and romantic, so the loud drumming music and aggressive models, strutting out together onto the stage to pose in a gang of neon pink, surprised me, pleasantly overwhelming my senses.

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Androgyny was the name of the game, with Chen once again using a mix of male and female models to march her designs down the runway. Loose, ragged cuts draped over bodies, contrasting with structured metallic blazers and suits.

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Perhaps the most interesting part of the collection were the unusual headdresses worn by some of the models; pink, woven and covering all of the models faces, sometimes with a tube extending out from the front of their face, allowing them to see.

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There was a distinctly punky vibe to proceedings; the models were fierce in attitude, sporting Angel Chen tattoos on arms and necks, and even under eyes and on faces. Fishnets covered shoes, or shoes were totally absent, replaced by socks. The music reflected this feeling, one memorable lyric being ‘ejaculate it’, and the final walk saw all of the looks appearing back on the runway to The Dead Weather’s famously sulty I Can’t Hear You.

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The transformation that Chen has gone through in the past six months is incredible, and certainly promised of amazing things to come. I, for one, will be watching with bated breath in February to see where she goes next.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Prom Dress: lilybridal| @misskatebennett

Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photograher

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“A place of history, disbelief and everything that’s in-between; one can come to live the dream, and live it individually”

Harry Baker, Ode to Soho

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Day 1 of LFW is here and we are in Soho. That’s right, this season the fash pack have upped sticks, bidden farewell to the cobbles of Somerset House and set up camp in gloriously sleazy Soho. Turning onto Brewer Street, you are met with a heaving throng of colours, sights and sounds. Fashionistas spill off the pavements into the road, photographers duck between cabs stuck in traffic to get their perfect shot, press passes flutter in the breeze - all in the shadow of Brewer Street Carpark.

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A far cry from your local NCP, JJ Joass’ iconic carpark has quickly become synonmous with fashion, housing Henry Holland for his past two seasons and the International Fashion Showcase in February.

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Aside from being much more heel-friendly (tarmac as far as the eye can see), the venue is set to offer much more freedom to designers in terms of transforming the show space, allowing them to fully express their aesthetic identity.

And Soho offers no better setting for this new-look LFW. Well known as the creative capital of the city, it is richly vibrant in culture, entertainment and fashion, adding a new energy to proceedings.

     

We have yet to see how the designers’ shows will adapt to their new location, but one thing is for sure: they certainly won’t be dull. Vive le Soho freak.

Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Eloise Peachey  |  Fashion Week Press  |  @eloisepeachey