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Look we’re just going to go ahead and say it: Pam Hogg is the one show at London Fashion Week we consistently look forward to every single season. It’s hard to believe that a designer that consistently commands mile-long queues down the road, a literal elbows-at-dawn charge to get in at the doors and a celebrity friend-filled guest list that reads like the rock’n’roll hall of fame has only been part of the official main schedule since SS18. And that doesn’t even take into account Pam’s fierce, unabashed creative strength and identity, which she has honed to a fine art of familiar signature details delivered with a hefty dose of the unexpected.

Venus in Phurr was the name of the game for this London Fashion Week, and that’s exactly what we got: bold, sensual, exaggerated embodiments of female sexuality, trussed up in fur. For AW19 the delectable Dr Hogg brought erotica to the masses that packed out the vestibule of Freemason’s Hall with a provocative collection that played with BDSM attire and culture in all its splendour, yet coupled it with the contrasting notions of submission, dominance and compliance. Leather, whips, chains, studs and PVC fulfilled the expectations of the story in shades of black, red and gold, whilst the titillating reveal and conceal of flesh through mesh bodysuits and the scantily clad form ensures there was a no way to hide behind the policy, ‘No sex please, we’re British’. With Pam’s eternal muse Alice Dellal cracking her whip and tipping her PVC hat, she guaranteed that the audience were given the thrilled they were expecting and no doubt craving. But it was the pieces that deviated from these tropes that left the greatest impression: angelic, virginal whites and frou-frou powder blues in almost Victorian-esque ankle lengths that offered an alternative take on female sexuality that denoted innocence and enjoyment in equal measure.

Venus herself is the embodiment of love and godly femininity, but that doesn’t mean she’s a prude. After all, she was never one for covering up and now that she walks on Earth, she does so with the same appreciation for her body – with just a few furry nipples pasties, landing strips and a cleverly-positioned ‘Venus’ to shield us from becoming too overwhelmed by her beautiful presence.

Away from the chaos and frenzy of the sexually charged, we were treated to some real Pam classics with studded berets and chic buckled separates in punchy candy pink, yellow and khaki, along with a new-season reinterpretation of her famed rainbow bodysuit. It was a little of what we know; a lot of what we didn’t know or could even hope to anticipate – exactly as a Pam Hogg show should be.

Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Editor | @camillamcleanhunt
Runway images: Eloise Peachy | Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeachyphoto
Backstage images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegalouise

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

Held in the Freemasons' Hall on Sunday early afternoon, A-Jane was a London Fashion Week show that got everyone talking. The models walked in one by one, moving around the stage posing for the big crowd of photographers as they did - the room was packed out and full of energy.

A-Jane for this collection focused on Neue Musik (new music), which is intended to create artistic inspiration and optimism, while challenging the traditional composition structure. With this in mind, A-Jane’s AW19 range broke design boundaries by beginning her collection with no lines, no paper and no preconceptions. The Neue Musik movement provides endless inspiration to designer Alice Jane and has allowed her ideas to flow freely and not ‘follow key’ - no pun intended!

Continuing this inspiration from creation to presentation, each model used various instruments, including (but not limited to) spoons, sand paper and glass chimes, to create clashing sounds and a feeling of chaos – something mirrored throughout each piece in this collection.

Emphasising the philosophy behind the Neue Musik movement – Alice is leading the way by not allowing her creativity to be restricted with strict lines, shapes or structures, instead opting for flowing silhouettes of waves and curves, for a sense of freedom.

Sticking with a primary colour palette, this collection is full of staples – from the oversized printed midi skirts and dresses to the high neck green jumpers and blue ruffled inserts, so you’ll fall for new shapes in the colours you know and love.

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

Markus Lupfer’s AW19 collection looks pretty familiar; the leopard print, the neon, the midi skirts, the faux fur…he has definitely taken inspiration from the trends we’re seeing everywhere right now. So, our guesses are that leopard print is going nowhere anytime soon, and judging by this line, we aren’t complaining.

Markus Lufper is usually known for his pretty dresses, classic shapes and fine attention to detail in his patterns and embellishments, and though these characteristics are seen throughout the collection, there is definitely a visible change from his usual style. His designs have evolved into something a little more minimal, but in a punchy, exciting way.

Faux fur trapper hats are a consistent accessory worn by the models, and bold details included oversized faux fur gloves and bags, chunky knit jumpers worn as scarves, embroidered midi skirts and Salomon shoes worn throughout. There is definitely an emphasis on style embracing comfort, with classic pieces of clothing such as the trench coat being turned into something unique yet easily wearable.

 

There is nothing outrageous or too extravagant about this line; it feels humble, and a lot more accessible to the everyday woman. Its simplicity has worked well in the designer’s favour, and rather than being showcased as a piece of art, you look upon the clothing with the feeling of ‘yes, I’d wear that.’

Every look embodied something classic. Whether it was a restructured duffle coat with a faux fur hood, a pleated midi skirt with a matching jacket or a beautifully embellished black skirt with a cropped leopard print over layer, each look took a current trend and elevated it.

As you walked around the show, you felt immediately comfortable, and it was a collection that you could relate to easily. The words: ‘new considered casual attitude for the modern woman’ was written in the leaflet, and that description couldn’t have been more accurate. We’re enjoying this new side to Markus Lupfer, and we're excited to see more.

Words and Gallery Images: Magda Kaczmarska | Fashion Week Press | @_magda__
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegalouise

 

When you think of London Fashion Week, it’s hard not to let your mind wander to the big hitters: Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and the like. But if your sole focus lies on those with maximum exposure and notoriety, then you could be missing out of a whole world of emerging talent that London is globally known for. Whilst Victoria Beckham’s trousers may dictate the trends for the coming year, we in London march to the beat of our own drum by championing up-and-coming designers who harness a cult following that’s all their own.

From avant-garde Matty Bovan and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy to the cool-girl’s new squeeze, Ashley Williams, there’s been a number of smaller designer brands that are generating even more buzz – and definitely more excitement – than the household names. And this season sees another new name vying to make its mark: Katie Ann McGuigan. Rising through the ranks from Merit Award winner to main schedule showcase in the click of a finger, the Irish native and Westminster graduate is the word of everybody’s lips this season.

Known for her bold and decisive blend of sporting details, vibrant palettes and all-out prettiness, her aesthetic is distinctive, fresh and very now – and this season was no different. For this AW19 collection her signature colour-soaked knitwear took centre stage in tones of mustard, lilac and teal, accentuated by swathes of clashing check prints and punchy tie dye. Nothing felt one dimensions as fabrics juxtaposed and layered atop one another, creating unexpected and chaotic combinations that somehow felt carefully considered and like a natural fit.

Sporting elements such as supersized puffer coats and gilets, along with utility details spotted on a standout khaki boilersuit,  added an unexpected streetwear edge. But nothing seemed more unlikely than the addition of tulle skirts and sleeves layered over the top of it. Where bigger names play to their strengths and deliver consistency, younger players like McGuigan are taking risks and finding their groove, meaning even they might not know what comes next. All we know if that we’re excited to find out next season.

 

Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Editor | @camillamcleanhunt
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography