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Sidharth Singhis's, contemporary womenswear label, grew out of a remote Village in North East India.

Eponymous to its principles, N&S GAIA prides itself on its sustainable use of fabrics, specialising in natural fibres and pioneering the exploration into upcycling techniques, the ‘N’ and ‘S’ of its name, standing for Nature and Sustainability.

The SS18 collection further develops the designers signature style; free-flowing fabrics and long hems, tapestry-esque motifs and the incorporation and modernisation of traditional Indian embroidery technique, Dakamanda.

Turning from the vibrant shades of rouge, cherry and yellow from his AW17 collection Hybrid, Singhis’s SS palette introduces more delicate pastel colourings in tie-dye effect, the earthy tones of autumn replaced by camel and sand.

The lightness of the fabrics gives the collection an air of fluidity and movement; wide-legged trousers, shift dresses and wrap-around jackets which billow at the hems and create a sense of airiness and serenity which perfectly embodies the multi-cultural expression of the collections home-country, while further encapsulating the romantic connotations of spring.

To contrast the relaxed sentiment of the silk, the pieces come embellished with black-beads and sequins, wide embroidered collars and oversized statement jewellery, which grant the collection a flair of expense and oriental richness.

In anticipation of upcoming trends, we can see in this collection the common threads of pink, yellow and pastel blues which have been favourites across the fashion weekend. Side slits, wide sleeves and exaggerated ruffles can also be recognised as common features of next years’ SS collections.

Overall the SS18 N&S GAIA collection presents itself as an expression of multiculturalism, nature and the calming nature of femininity, from North East India, to South East England, may Singhis's designs sustain you through the summer.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography

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

Bold and brazen, the steadfast duo of Teatum Jones brought their usual essence of brash elegance to the catwalk with their SS18 collection.

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones have risen fast and climbed high up the official fashion week guest list. Having been named the UKDT Best Womenswear Designers of 2015 and last year following up with the British Isles 2016 International Woolmark Prize for their textural statements, the couples’ luxurious womenswear is now stocked by some of the world’s most luxurious stores: Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Liberty, to name a few.

The SS18 collection took charge with a clash of mustard and indigo. Wide sleeves and asymmetric hem-lines appearing yet again as the no-1 rule of next years’ SS-fashion. As always, texture takes an important role of the Teatum Jones designs, with intricate pleated details, contrasting with the sleek v-cut necklines and billowing sleeves. The ability to achieve so many different aesthetics with the same material, an iconic quality of Teatum Jones designs.

Understated, but in no way ineffective, Teatum Jones used cut-outs to a minimalist effect, giving this all-black outfit a futuristic edge, while again, the mismatch of texture in the pleating, infuse the look with a superfluity which could only come of such exquisite attention to detail.

The cut-out theme developed into the collections’ more casual designs, longline shirt dresses slipping serenely off one shoulder; the early shades of confidence calming to a more functional blue, with camel loafers adding to that day-to-night composure.

This day-to-night feel became only more pronounced with the introduction of salmon and cerulean. Relaxed-fit silk shirts, followed up by wide tailored coats and fur-cuffed slippers.

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones are not only widely admired for their elegant collections, but also for their design ethics; having cast two disabled models, Kelly Knox and Jack Eyeres in their AW17 show as a statement against lack of diversity in the fashion industry.

Their SS18 showcase extended the sentiment, inviting Paralympian equestrian rider, Natasha Baker, to walk the runway.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: CMPR Imagery

'Unity In Time and Space' read Jasper Garvida's 'Éthologie' invitation. The time? The Sixties. The space? Well... Space, but with a heavy dose of Antarctica. Models exuded old-school Sixties glamour with classic silhouettes - mini skirts, fitted jackets, cinched-in waists, Jackie O-esque shades - whilst simultaneously doused in a polar frenzy of marabou feather, fur trim, white leather fringing and oversized knits. The sophisticated ladies had clearly had no trouble adapting to their new surroundings, having assumedly already been familiar with apres-ski fashion, and drew inspiration from their galactic-cum-Antarctic habitat in the form of shimmery golds, intense metallics and iridescent pearlescent detailing. Sophisticated layering, far-out futuristic influences and chic swinging Sixties vibes; Éthologie AW15 can land in our wardrobes any day.

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Words by Daisy Keens | Fashion Week Press
Images by Amie Caswell | Fashion Week Photographer

Haunch Of Venison moves back to it's original home this September with a new exhibition from artist, Adrian Ghenie.

The Romanian artist, Ghenie will be the first to show at this both new and old location in the Venison Yard in September after Haunch of Venison ends it's stint at the former Museum of Mankind at Burlington Gardens now that the previous gallery has been extensively refurbished.

The gallery is now 11,500 square foot after the renovation and expansion, Matt Carey-Williams, International Director of HOV said   “We are thrilled to be moving back to our original gallery at Haunch of Venison Yard. The newly-renovated space will allow us to continue mounting ambitious and exciting exhibitions for all of our artists”.

The first exhibition will open on the 6th September with one of the most exciting artists of his generation, the aforementioned, Adrian Ghenie. Born in Romania in 1977 Ghenie uses found imagery to create seductive and challenging figurative paintings.