On|Off Presents returned to London Fashion Week once again with a presentation from three homegrown fashion labels.
CAPLANENTWISTLE were up first with their SS18 Resort Collection ‘The Stranger’. A wonderful, nostalgic presentation of hand-painted denim and reworked plaid with references to Cher’s unforgettable number in the 90’s movie Clueless. This label is so wearable that I’d have worn the jacket out of the BFC show space then and there.
The duo behind this notable collection are Central St Martins class of 1999 graduates Emma Caplan and Adam Entwistle.
Remember the David Bowie, Blondie and AC/DC band tee on NET-A-PORTER everyone tried to get their hands on many years ago? These guys were behind that brand with cult label Buddhist Punk and now we’re loving band tee’s all over again getting our Buddhist Punk fix from retailers like ASOS. Their influence on today’s industry is still very much rock n roll, concluding their SS18 Ready to Wear show with a slogan tee that read ‘we are all colour here’.
Luke Anthony Rooney’s collection was not short of colour either but had a lighter narrative. The London based womenswear designer brought his love for experimenting with complex panelling back on the runway. Models walked on with silk shift dresses, defaced tailoring and frivolous swatches of colour on their faces. The tailored culottes with a stream of unexpected colour were a notable favourite of mine during this show.
Last but not least was Jack Irving’s larger than life SS18 display. Costume designer Jack Irving has had his pieces worn by Lady Gaga many times and draws inspiration from circus, theatre and the well acclaimed illuminations from his hometown Blackpool. Consequently, his SS18 collection serves as an example of this with a spectacle of theatrical blow-up attire. The inflatable pieces cage the human form in metallic and amplify his virtuosity, serving its ingenious purpose.
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And for more Fashion Week head over to my write up of Edeline Lee.