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On Tuesday 19th, The National Portrait Gallery welcomed another art form to stand alongside their historical collection. 

Tata Naka designers, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, presented their vintage-inspired SS18 womenswear collection on the third floor of The National Portrait Gallery; a presentation which sat easily amongst the grandeur of its setting.

The Tata Naka SS18 collection saw seasonal summer stripes and vintage florals in contrasting aubergine and daffodil hues; high-waisted tailoring and wide collars gave the collection a retro-feel while the addition of side slits and bare-shoulder necklines remained in-keeping with forecast Spring/Summer trends.

The styling was done to artistic perfection. Dark lipstick and a reflective sheen to the contouring, giving the models an artificial quality  - real-life portraits of modern-vintage dress.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Renowned for working exclusively from current trends, Tuğcan Dökmen is one of the most exciting labels to emerge in the last year, creating ethereal works of art which double as luxury womenswear.

Stepping into the SS18 Tuğcan Dökmen showcase at Somerset House, was like entering into a surreal and mystical realm. Separated by taut sheaths of clear plastic, the models held an otherworldly presence, while in the background, a sinister undercurrent grew out from the tiptoeing melody, commanding the eerie atmosphere.

With this collection, the young Turkish born designer sought to create pieces which embodied the strength and beauty of the feminine. In this SS18 showcase Dökmen imagines a reality where age, ethnicity and background have no bearing on beauty; a merging of the old and the young, the light and the dark.

Building on her signature style, the Art Of Layering, Dökmen creates pieces which both exhibit and are exhibited by their models. The transparency of her chosen fabrics, tulle and organza create the illusion that her dresses are but framing the bodies they decorate – a celebration of the female form.

The vibrancy of the fabrics meanwhile, acts to eliminate all sense of fragility from this reimagined feminine beauty, instead establishing one of independence and pride.

There’s a distinct air regality about the presentation, emphasised only by the exquisite headdresses which seem fused to each of the models, adding a candid element of expense to each outfit.

Stylist, Soki Mak, must here be credited for bringing this enticing concept to life, with the slicked hair and bare make-up almost mermaid-esque in its styling, perfectly suited the mythical feel of the show, and all-the-while maintaining Dökmen’s focus on equality and unstipulated diversity.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts | Fashion Week Photographer | @rosemary_pitts

A busy vintage office scene unfolds where impeccably dressed women sit at desks liaising on the phone, sorting cash or jotting down notes. They're in a world of their own as the audience gathers around, transfixed.

This is the work of Miló Maria, a brand built upon the values of sophistication and practicality.

For her AW17 LFW presentation, Maria takes a look at contradictions. From colour and texture right through to design, this Victorian inspired collection took a creative journey and travelled right across to the opposite side, ending up with influences from fetish wear.

Modest Victorian details such as high-necked ruffled collars and long cuffs are juxtaposed with patent leather, straps and ties, adding a sultry, femme fatale edge to the prim and proper look.

Clashing textures add levels of interest from luxurious long-pile velvet and suede, to smooth cotton shirts and delicate knit - a first for the brand.

A sophisticated colour palette elevates fetish elements to sit comfortably next to demure details. Deep burgundy, forest green and sugary pink are teamed with black, grey and cream.

This interesting play between two opposing worlds makes for a confident collection for the modern woman.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Amie Charlot | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot

‘Purple Reign,’ PPQ’s AW16 collection, was held at St Andrew Holborn church for Fashion Week this season. Before the show even began, there was an intense buzz of excitement. The flashing bulbs of the paparazzi outside caused quite a stir as they swarmed around celebrity figures, including Made In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and TV presenter, Billie JD Porter.

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The venue was perfect for the edgy brand with its dramatic black and white chequered floor. Against this, the ice cream pastels of the collection really stood out.

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The atmosphere was fiercely confident, “A rebel with a leopard print cause…She’s a street walking cheetah and tonight she will reign purple,” as the press release put it.

The models strutted out in their knee-high boots with sultry sheer panels running up the leg. Dressed in black PVC leather with matching purple bags, these looks are clearly not meant for the shy, retiring types. The outerwear consisted of light blue and lilac mohair coats, colour blocked leather jackets and a bright yellow, fur-trimmed, hooded coat. The mohair theme continued into the finale with blue and pink plaid fur coats.

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The model's beehive hairstyles added a 60s feel to the overall look which was also referenced by the heavy eye make-up, micro mini dresses and metallic heels.

Cute strapless dresses in pretty pastels added a softer feel to the edgier leathers. A tiered, ruffled, rainbow pastel dress with cutaway back made quite an impression. Throughout the collection there was a theme of soft animal print on lightweight sheer fabric which tied the looks together effortlessly.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Rebecca Jane Ryan|Fashion Week Photographer| @cybrgirlco

Victorias-Secret-Models-body-01Vogue has strangely become the first magazine to sign a 10 point code that promotes the welfare and health of models in the fashion industry.

Famed for using stick thin young girls to promote their featured brands the magazine has taken steps to helping an industry fraught with health problems and sometimes even abuse clean up it's act.

Whether the 10 point code will do a whole lot is yet to be seen. Designer brands have the majority of the power when it comes to which models will and won't be used, which looks will be promoted and working conditions of shoots/catwalks.

The new 10 point code of conduct focuses less on weight of models and more on working conditions for them. During Fashion Week for example girls are often expected to do show after casting after fitting after show and rarely do they get breaks in long days that can run from 7am till midnight.

The 10-point code has been drawn up by the models committee of Equity. It puts a working time limit down of 10 hours per day, confirms that suitable food will be provided and that there will be no nudity or semi nude shoots done without pre approval.

Also mentioned in the code are the inclusion of suitable breaks, transport, suitable temperatures for the clothes being modelled and prompt payment.

It states that no model should be asked to do anything “dangerous, degrading, unprofessional or demeaning”. It also means no models under the age of 16 can be used in photo shoots representing adult models.

This is all great but will no doubt have a few eyebrows raised by some who are asked to sign it. It also doesn't account for the pier pressure surrounding some shoots and brands - therefore this code may be agreed to but there will most likely be an unspoken rule that if Vogue for example is pulled up on it by a model, that model probably won't be shoot for them again.