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Are millennials the most self-centred generation ever?

You know how the media storyline goes: all narcissistic behaviour disorder, pantone pinks and lashings of avocado on toast.  We are in an age fuelled by the endless opportunity for self-promotion via social media, combined with a cultural attitude that hails self-esteem and personal-positivity as both the single most important and most destructive skill we can possess. But is this unashamed celebration of the self really such a bad thing? We say, not when you’ve got a damn good reason to toot your horn.

Enter then, Ryan Lo, whose AW18 presentation was dedicated to his one true passion in life: himself. “It is simply about what I love to do!”, Lo describes of this one-off special edition collection of his greatest creative hits, all set against the perfectly apt millennial pink backdrop of David Shrigley’s gallery restaurant at Sketch.

 

Drop-waist tulle gowns (fit for the modern day princess) lean effortlessly next to chevron-striped lace, in sugar-rich shades sweet enough to warrant a filling. Jumping straight from saccharine to seductive, lace takes on a whole new light as it covers (just) a reclining figure luxuriously draped in black, revealing and concealing in all the right places. Luckily this particular model is a cold, hard mannequin, with little regard for modesty but a high regard for matching flapper-style opera gloves that just tickle the elbow for an extra smack of decadence.

 

There is inspiration here that spans the ages, regaling not only the fashionable history of our time, but of Lo’s reputable archive. He often draws upon child-like nostalgia, filtering his designs through a romantic lens to create eclectic designs that are both feminine and fantastical - and this collection embodies all that and more. From hyper-modern kawaii fabrics that shimmer in the light, to exaggerated victoriana style pussybows that are dramatic and demure in equal measure, this collection is a true celebration of the full Ryan Lo spectrum.

 

There is always a criticism that surrounds millennials, in that we are wrongly raised to believe that we can be whoever we want to be. But anything is possible for the woman in this Lo’s rose-tinted fantasy world. The flapper. The hostess. The queen. There’s no cohesive story here as such, just great threads, great women and the great man who designed them. “I love me” is a juxtaposing curation of Lo’s favourites and celebration of everything he has achieved - and when it looks as good as this, long may the self-love continue. Just don’t tell the elders.

 

Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Editor | @camillamcleanhunt

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Jazzy lanterns made out of metallic party garlands dazzled and twirled as they danced to an eclectic mix tape. Our invisible DJ spun out 80s synth, as well as tracks like ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ by The Bangles and, in a throwback to Aladdin, ‘Arabian Nights.’ No, it wasn’t prom. Nor was it a children’s birthday party, despite the frilly socks, feathered tricorn hats, and harlequin print. It was something even more magical – the Ryan LO fashion show.

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A goody bag of delights in its own right, the show at Brewer Street Car Park frothed over in sweet, sugary layers. The models were caked in every colour of the rainbow, frosted with flowers, and dusted with sparkles.

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Finding it impossible to serve up just one sweet treat, LO delivered a collection that incorporated the cultures of Turkey, Egypt, and India. As for his own background, he attended the London College of Fashion, but grew up in Hong Kong.

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For Spring/Summer 2017, LO tapped into a vision of his childhood watching anime and Cantonese music videos that involved ‘magic carpets, snake charmers, and bejewelled turbans.’ Playful feminine shapes embodied this nostalgia. Stephen Jones helped him to realise his whimsy by creating the hats for the show.

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A flurry of ruffles and lurex paraded down the catwalk with a defiant ‘more is more’ attitude. Oversized sleeves and bows and billowy harem trousers reminded me of playing dress up when I was younger. The clothes were clearly too big and baggy for me, but I loved them all the same. If all of these elements seem like one big mishmash, that’s because LO is one big mixed metaphor. His collection is clearly a reflection of all of the things that he likes. Since he’s the designer, who are we to argue with that?

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The clothing confectionary might have been a little bit sickly sweet, or saccharine, for some people. Those little pink saccharin packets Sweet’N Low need only remove the ‘w’ from the end of their name to market what LO’s selling with his collection this season. If there were a way to package the exuberant and jovial nature of the show, I’d want a jolt of that in my morning tea. It would make for a much brighter start to the day and I'm sure it would taste anything but sickly.

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Words: Laura Rutkowski | Evening gown from instyledress | @Laura_Rutkowski

Images: Amie Charlot | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot

Ride em, cowboy.

Hong Kong born and London bred, Ryan Lo showcased his latest collection in the Topshop showspace for a wonderland of pastel shades and glitter where cowgirl princesses dare to dream. Sound bizarre? It makes total sense, trust us.

Lilac pom poms paired with lurex dresses and cascading rose pink ruffles set against orange  tulle and western fringed yellow knits made a feast for both  the eyes and the imagination. This presentation  marked a world where a noble steed looked more like my little pony, if the knitted scenes are anything to go by, and these wild west girls’ weapon of choice are plastic guns, dipped in gold.

There’s no way the Ryan Lo cowgirl is roughing it in the sands – the only way to get to this rodeo is via a disco or two. The collection was beyond dreamy, with love emblazoned sashes and metallics that caused us to lose ourselves amongst the madness. As crazy as it first may seem, it works – there are real practical elements amongst the fantastical that easily translate into essential day and evening wear. If you take anything away from these designs, let it be the bejewelled trainers – we’re already thinking of ways to recreate.

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Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Week Editor | @littlemyth
Photography: Corrine Noel | Fashion Week Photographer |