Tag: spring summer

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

There was a romantic mood in the air for Isa Arfen's SS18 presentation at Somerset House. Flowing fabrics skimmed the floor in striped and illustrated floral prints. Draped wrap dresses and ruffled trims created a feminine look. But it wasn't all soft and delicate.

Styled with a bit of edge, the models had dark, dramatic eyes and contemporary, fashion-forward hair. Gelled over and swept to one side, shaved or pixie cut.

There was a clear influence from the Far East with wedge sandals worn with white socks and traditionally cut garments in rounded shoulders, wrapped waists and maxi-length skirts. These classic design details were blended with contemporary style through cami dresses over t-shirts and trench coats in iridescent fabrics.

A neutral palette was accented with bursts of red, pink and dark green, creating a highly fashionable but wearable collection. Exactly what the brand aims to achieve – real design for real women.

Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Catherine Davison | Fashion Week Photographer | @caedavison

 

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A lithe group of models were the embodiment of youth at Freemason's Hall for RUN Label's SS17 catwalk presentation. Dressed in playful houndstooth and bold stripes they made a pretty picture in canary yellow and powder blue with touches of khaki adding a bit of edge.

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This medley of graphic prints teamed with flowing silk, midi-dresses and heeled sandals had a very contemporary feel. The collection exuded girly femininity but the addition of sporty bomber jackets and messy top-knots created an interesting modern aesthetic.

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The collection -  fittingly named 'Lineal' - is the creation of Varun Sharma, the designer behind RUN Label. Sharma prides himself on his craftsmanship and print work, created in-house. These two qualities see him design the most beautifully refined garments that are both chic and modern.

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His clothing is full of personality and does not need fancy cuts or elaborate detailing to make it stand out. In fact, the clean lines and simplicity is what allows the experimental prints and bold colours to truly make stylish impact.

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This is what makes the upcoming designer stand out from the majority of the LFW crowd. Womenswear, more often than not, is labelled as wacky and unwearable. Though there's nothing wrong with expressing artistic creativity, it makes a nice change to see a collection so wearable, straight off the catwalk.

Perhaps this is down to Sharma's time working in menswear with designers such as Carolyn Massey. Or perhaps it's just down to his pure design genius.

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Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Tegan Rush | Fashion Week Photographer | @tegan.photography