The talented designers who have been labelled as the 'ones to watch' on the fashion scene, sure did live up to all expectations at their AW16 show, at the Freemason's Hall. With so many incredible highlights it's difficult to know where to start. Each designer brought their own aesthetic to the catwalk and stamped their own ideas of autumn winter fashion onto their collections. Some even challenged perceptions of fashion for the colder months by throwing the rule book out the window. It was great to see trends we all know so well being re-adapted for 2016/17.
Tan's AW 16 collection came in a sea of deep blues- full of swing and cut-out shapes. She showed us that just because the weather will inevitably get colder, it doesn't mean that we have to completely hide away under layers upon layers. The use of cut-outs in different places on the clothing, throughout the collection added that just the right amount of daring feel. Tan's penchant for complementing the ways in which the body moves could be seen from start to finish as each piece was given character through its dynamic and swift motions. It proves that in many ways loose garments can be just as glamorous as pieces that conform to the body.
Edda's collection was a vision in monochrome. The black and white spectrum shows little sign of fading from our wardrobes and yet, designers are constantly seeking novel ways to revitalise common tones and shades. Edda certainly found new ways to take monochrome fashion just that step further. The reinvented palette inspired an artsy/cartoon-ified feel in order to compeltely shake off any previous ideas we may have had about sometimes simply boring black and whites.
This was one collection that also refused to be tied down to the demands of the seasons. Why shouldn't we wear summer style dresses? Yes, it may be impossible in some ways, but surely we can take elements of our favourite summer pieces and translate them in later months. Edda certainly had a spring has sprung feel, with florals making a brief appearence. It just confirmed that autumn/winter does not mean a complete shut-down of our beloved summer wardrobes. There is life after August.
Dian Pelangi x Nelly Rose x Odette Steele
The trio offered a glimpse into a beautiful culture, bursting with colour and intricate detailing. The use of embellishments added a defining sparkle while abstract patters brought with it a vibrant style that tells the stories of the culture. Bright and cheerful most definitely; these three up and coming designers understand that in today's society, it is important to unite and to celebrate women from all backgrounds and cultures.
Words: Sophie Joaman| Fashion Week Press|
Images: Amie Caswell| Fashion Week Photography| @amiecharlot