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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I have just got back from London Fashion Week after 4 days of shows.
If you have never done Fashion Week it may seem like a fun and casual 5 days of sitting in shows. But in actual fact, the itinerary is quite full on with shows starting from 9am and dinner events and after parties ending as late as 2am. Most bloggers leave by Day 5 and as they retire so do the photographers who wait outside from as early as 7 daily hoping to capture a series of street style shots.
This season I stayed until the end to make my final show On | Off Presents, but did not begin the week until Day 2.
I wore a Balmain skirt with a Gucci blouse and Topshop boots. Also, I’ll let you in on a small secret. The key to surviving a week in boot heals is a good thick pair of Christmas socks or ski socks. See them peaking here at the top of the boot?
I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.
Stay tuned this month as I share the links to shop my looks for LFW and review some of my favourite shows.
Edeline Lee SS18 is inspired by the late American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
Following in her footsteps, Edeline travelled to New Mexico this season and became inspired by the concept of feminine courage. A trait that had a strong presence in both O’Keeffe’s artwork and personal life.
The collection I saw earlier today, presented a series of abstracted, three dimensional shapes stacking onto dresses, sweatshirts and t-shirts – a theme which resonates with the O’keeffe iconography of flowers.
The most prominent feature in Edeline’s work this season are the knots and ties. The knots and ties sit deliberately on the hips, shoulder and waist to playfully exaggerate the female form.
Cimone’s AW17 series dominated the runway with a powerful collection of structural design.
The dynamic collection presents us with uncompromising shoulder lines, creating the powerful silhouette of a broad shoulder. A pivotal distinct form first sighted in the 1940’s with the heavy use of shoulder pads.
A decade that also grew fond of volume, peplum, batwing sleeves and exaggerated proportions. All of which Pearson (former Stella McCartney designer) has managed to creatively redefine with an unconventional, futuristic twist.
More notably, the pieces feature a bold collision of symmetry and asymmetry, a playful experimentation that is surprisingly well balanced and easy on the eye.
If symmetry and asymmetry isn’t contrasting enough, Pearson further outlines the sculpted garments with the use of chromatic and achromatic colour.
It is clear that despite conflict, the Cimone team have managed to orchestrate a series of chaotic elements into a rather spectacular collection.
Something we all felt was well worth applauding for by the end of the show.
How much fun does Billie Jacobina’s AW17 collection look?
Billie Jacobina won the Ones to Watch award in September and rightly so. Her fashion week presentation displayed a spectacular and eye-catching sight of her remarkable imagination. Billie’s collection had so many different elements in terms of texture and I would love to see someone like Susie Bubble rock that translucent jacket.
For more information and to browse Billie Jacobina’s current collection visit BillieJacobina.com