Hi guys, what an amazing London Fashion Week day 1 start! Today I’ve visited a lot of fashion presentations, fashion show, private views and met a lot of talented and successful people. I really want to share with you my Day 1 of London Fashion Week, so let me just start!
My morning started with a private view at Cafe Royal Hotel, Regent Street. Zandra Rhodes was presenting her collaborative project with Kraftangan Malaysia – Batik SS16 collection. a special guest of the private view was Christopher Biggins, an actor and TV presenter.
This collection is very influenced by the places I live; London and a wonderful tranquil home on the beach in Del Mar, California, which is an utter contrast. This has fed into the easy shapes, fluid landscape prints sitting against the bold injection of pink and blue harder fabrics. I have also been reflecting back to significant places I have traveled to. I have always found inspiration from sketching everywhere I go and was reminded this year of when I visited Mexico of when I first traveled there in the seventies, when I did the Mexican Banana Leaf print”, says Zandra.
Drawing inspiration from a hand drawn batik reproduction of a beach landscape from Zandra’s sketchbook, the collection consists of four distinctive design concepts using the Malaysian batik technique. The “Banana Leaf” is based on the vintage print from 1976 and uses Zandra’s signature colour, pink. “St.Michaels Beach” is magical and the colour palette includes, terracotta, shades of turquoise and royal blues. Think Pink!
My next stop was at The Painting Room presentations. I was lucky enough to enjoy Vielma London Vegas Baby SS16 collection. Inspired by the golden age of Las Vegas in the 1950’s and 60’s, Chilean born designer – Gabriel Vielma has combined the elegance and class of the country-club resorts with the colour and buzz of the Strip to create a timeless, fun and feminine collection for Spring/Summer 2016.
The collection embraces the optimism, individualism and diversity of Vegas itself in three infinitely combinable themes: the classic appeal of demure cream and blue separates, a modern twist on the denim look reimagined in luxurious printed crepes and organza, and the pure theatre of foil printed stars, intricate embroidered tigers and glitzy showgirl pieces.
Edeline Lee Spring Summer 2016 started with inspiration from the Ocean Park Series of Richard Diebenkorn. “I studied hi method of composition, his sence of proportion, his wonderful sense of light and juxtapositions of colour. I ended up experimenting much more intensely and directly with colour than I ever have before. Somewhere along the way, inspiration from the Memphis Group worked its way in. The final result is a joyful, breezy collection that makes me think of a summer’s day driving along Highway One and the mythical Californian coastline”, says Edeline Lee.
Later I went to Designer Showrooms to brows some contemporary brands and network a little bit. I had a good amount of 1.5 hours to see all the designers and find some favourite brands! (*cool interview with designers to come).)
A highlight of the day was a Fyodor Golan SS16 fashion show. For Spring Summer 2016 Fyodor Golan have collaborated with Transformers which, since its launch in 1984, has become an iconic representation of retro futurism. They gained rare access into the Transformers archives where they found hand drawn illustrations of the robots, characters and toy box art developments, many of which have never been released to the public. Fyodor Golan were fascinated by the combinations of bold and soft colours and unexpected geometric shapes that felt so contemporary and relevant for the artwork created in the early 80’s. They manipulated the artwork into cut out patterns to create distorted, houndstooth repeats and reworked illustrations into all over prints with a silicon finish. Robotic yet naive.
In the evening I also visited Unfold at Irish Designers Institute of Contemporary Art (*cool interview with designers to come). My next destination was ON| OFF The Vinyl Factory presentation of Syed Nisar, Robert Wun, Marketa Martiskova and Caoimhe Mac Neice. I was surprised by the vivid presentation and surprisingly found it very relaxing. My last but not the least destination was Edeline Lee afterparty at Scotch of St James, 13 Masons Yard.
So, here is my day. I’m tired but extremely happy! Come back tomorrow for my London Fashion Week Day 2 19.09.2015 #LFW report.
London Fashion Week Day 1 Outfit
Topshop Petite striped dress | Zara navy vest with faux fur detail | Zara wide heel black ankle boots | Zara black messenger bag | Topshop necklace
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