FASHION JOURNALIST

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 17 – JOHN HERRERA

A structurally, surreal presentation that magnified elements of the designer’s Filipino origins and artworks, John Herrera exhibited his first AW17 collection at Fashion Scout Freemason’s Hall during London Fashion Week.

On arrival one instantly became immersed in the culturally inspiring ambience via a group of Filipino musicians, the Lahing Kayumanggi dance company, who played live whilst show attendees walked around the room giving close inspection and appreciation to the sartorial collection.These wonderful performers set the tone for Herrera’s showcase, enhancing the creative zeitgeist of the presentation.

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Agila Collection

The fashion display saw a creative collision of exceptionally constructed shapes with distinctive, innovative patterns, depicting a sense of self-expression. Dramatic angular and sharp tailored silhouettes formed the body of the unique aesthetics, resulting in standout skin hugging dresses, fitted jackets, flared skirts and elegantly trailing overcoats. The garments also featured largely structured shoulders, severe V-shaped necklines and protuberant peplums.

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Agila Collection

Applying a unique method of dye-sublimation printing technology, all pieces were craftily adorned in elaborate Filipino tribal tattoo imagery, first found in the northern area of Luzon, the Philippines largest island. It is the designer’s proud intention to produce his fashion works in his hometown, where women from perplexing backgrounds and neighbourhoods are employed.

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Agila Collection

The collection also included prints of Herrera’s original artworks, imbued in a powerful colour palette of browns and whites. A specific motif that was noticeably dominant on the clothing throughout was the majestic presence of the Philippine eagle known as ‘Agila’, which transpired as the symbol and title for the overall collection.

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A further injection of tribalism was apparent in the collection’s fine detailing and accessories. The outlines of robes and necklines were adorned with intricate beadings, whilst necklaces, headbands and earrings were ornamented with beads, stones and feathers. The striking black winged eyeliner additionally echoed Herrera’s inspiration of the natural bird. An arresting sartorial array, considering this was the designer’s debut outing at London Fashion Week.

Words by Katie Farley

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 – BARRUS

Delving into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the seventh wonder of the ancient world, the Turkish design duo responsible for Barrus, Neslişah Yılmaz and Nur Çağlayan, presented their impeccably tailored, nonetheless ethereal AW17 collection at London’s Freemasons Hall.

Paying homage to the antediluvian routes and applying it to modern style, the label imbued a poetic blend of sophisticated tailoring with fantastical, feminine embellishments that left show attendees lusting after the entire sartorial parade.

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The stunning, simplistic silhouettes contoured the girls’ notable anatomies, gliding down the catwalk and carrying an aura of subtle empowerment. Masculine tailored pieces included indigo jumpsuits, mulberry trouser suits, muted green chinos, fitted albeit plunging peplum jackets and bodycon leotards.

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What gave these contemporary looks the additional edge was the application of modern embellishments that took them from smart to standout; satin trimmings, feathering details, touches of opulent velvets, diaphanous chiffons, intricate lacework, bejewelled beadings and mostly in a spectrum of intense, autumnal hues. Other noted shades worthy of attention are rich purples, Persian blues, penetrating blacks and glistening golds.

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Billowing blouses, sheer shirts, gossamer kimonos, glittering jackets, fluttering skirts, slinky sheath dresses and wind-blowing maxis injected a further dose of ladylike styling to the collection. This perfectly harmonised the balance between masculine tailoring and elegant touches.

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The finale arrived in a snow of pure whites, ranging from fitted, on point catsuits to utterly beautiful bridal-worthy gowns, arriving in glamorous silhouettes with statement decorations. Conclusively, a desirable array that would not appear out of place amongst fashion’s most elite collections.

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By Katie Farley

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 – DAVID FERREIRA

Roll up, roll up and welcome to an avant-garde circus spectacle that will blow your mind, courtesy of Lisbon-based newcomer, David Ferreira.Idiosyncratic couture imbued the already stunning Freemasons’ Hall, where ‘The Freakball’ commenced, consisting of all that was exceptional and extraordinary.

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Refusing to conform with society’s stereotype of ‘normal’, the collection championed the notion of individuality and curiosity. A front row seat was the ideal place to visually digest the wonderfully unorthodox creations that moved whimsically down the catwalk.

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The inspirational foundations to Ferreira’s AW17 collection originated from sideshows and freak shows at the circus. Additional references came from Roben Bogdan’s book, Freak Show, the movie Freaks (1932), The Victorian Freak Show, along with a nod to the photographic aesthetics of Joel-Peter Witkin’s.

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A creative lullaby of unconventional silhouettes and innovative craftsmanship’s, David Ferreira experimented with voluminous outpours of straightened Mongolian lamb, ruffles, gatherings, godés and unique pattern cuttings. These fabrications were seen emblazoned in a psychedelic colour palette, with further fusions of metallic double duchesses’ silks and satins, with a complementary dose of ethereal tulles and woven metal fabrications.

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A cohesion of thing and person, Ferreira’s looks simultaneously blurred the lines between fashion and art, with show-stopping garments that verbally ranged from ‘oh my god’ to a stunned scene of speechlessness. Ostentatious wooden footwear, a dramatically monster-esque fur coat, seductive showering’s of peach fur, two-toned joker trousers with oversized pleating and gargantuan feather head pieces all stood out amongst the collection.

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However, these all seemed somewhat tame compared to the final pièce de résistance: a confectionery dress with giant tulle ruffles in delightful layers of violets, pinks and baby blues, with the additional ingredient of a midnight-blue kimono-style top, which elegantly trailed down the back.

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Investing in working partnerships including those at Iris Van Herpen, Giles Deacon and Meadham Kirchhoff, Ferreira’s background in high fashion and design reflects his astonishing dexterities that are screaming out to be at the forefront of futuristic sartorial innovation.

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By Katie Farley

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE SS17 – CHRISTIAN DIOR

With a year that has conveyed a whirlwind of political controversy and a state of worldwide uncertainty, one could be forgiven for supposing that 2017 has not unerringly been the best of beginnings.

Such ambiguities can be annihilated for a fashionable moment, where the enchanting, fantastical and creative collision that is couture and Christian Dior, descends on the fashion industry to bring some much needed enrichment and glamour to the table.

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Located in the garden of Paris’s Rodin Museum, Christian Dior comprised a mythical nature-themed collection, with captivating elements of minimalist allure and compelling beauty. The couture parade entranced the audience of Paris’s most prestigious fashion house, where Maria Grazia’s fascination with orphic, albeit traditional craftsmanship was showcased for Spring/Summer 2017.

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A shower of foliage that decorated the shows walls and floors was indicative of an enchanting woodland theme presented throughout the mythical assembly of fashions, and a further inkling was the mythological symbols that decorated Dior’s show invitations. The initial exit of black on black formal, nonetheless exquisitely beautiful tailored separates, including culottes, evening skirts, bar jackets and a stunning cape, were imbued with hints of nature’s influence via delicate, diaphanous creature headpieces. Delightful renditions of these headpieces and decorative facemasks were adorned throughout, with a variation of shapes and sizes crafted out of charming feathers, botanicals, leaves and butterflies.

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Almost the entire collection of strapless or sleeveless ball gowns made from tulles and embroidered with flowers or seasonal emblems would befit any budding fairytale princess, those of ethereal and youthful qualities.

Velvet caped gowns and those with a huge navy velvet star; unicorn embroidered silk skirts; emerald green dresses; fit-and-flair corset gowns with featuring trims; plunging V neck metallic showstoppers; and a dreamy red riding hood dress sprinkled with decorative florals embodied Maria Grazia’s espousal of beauty and dexterity.

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By Katie Farley

TONAL IS TRENDING

A person’s personality and sartorial aesthetic are often defined by colour.

Colour is what one first notices, and is indicative of how a person chooses to be perceived. Often, the strong and confidant dress in striking, statement shades, whilst the more subdued, go-with-the-flow would perhaps opt for nontoxic, pastel hues, or not, as the case may be? Amid the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks where we saw an influx of exaggerated volumes, sequins and an abundance of embroidery, there witnessed an additional trend that captured the eyes and imagination: tonal dressing.

Taking a head-to-toe approach could be viewed as somewhat unimaginative and obsolete, but the new season certainly suggests otherwise.Tonal dressing is symptomatic of a new found allure, where amalgamating similar tones with textures and interesting silhouettes convey fashions latest look to covet.

Arguably, there is a sense of confidence that arrives with choosing a singular head-to-toe colour, a concept that many designers adopted for the season. Models at Gucci were donned in Big Bird yellow and duck-egg blue, with a shower of accessories to coordinate, including tights, shoes, bags, hats and sunglasses. The versatility of tonal colouring was illustrated at Céline, via a subtler style where inky blacks rendered entire outfits of satin and crochet, whilst petrol blue decorated a cashmere roll-neck, trousers and a leather coat. Oatmeal outfitted many a looks at The Row, additionally with whirls of creamy caramel hues to compliment the already awe-inspiring collection.

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From left to right: Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Gucci, Valentino and Versace

Elsewhere on the catwalks, a further fusion of colour saw an eclecticism like no other. How to navigate the best looks? Let’s begin with Salvatore Ferrangamo, where khaki greens painted midi dresses and collared parkas with sleeves punched up; cobalt blue sported looks of athleticism at Versace; silken baby pinks juxtaposed with a magenta jacquard coat highlighted Valentino’s vision; languorous whites styled with elongated cream knits present easy going tonal dressing to perfection at Bottega VenetaMax Mara channelled sunshine days with head-to-toe cannery yellow, (literally), and lastly, pleated midis, undone silk blouses and cosy, feathery fur cardigans were showcased in new-born blue at Sies Marjan. This season, tonal dressing is anything but dull.

Words by Katie Farley

3 TOP SS17 FOOTWEAR TRENDS

Let Spring/Summer 2017 footwear offerings elevate you to new sartorial heights with a selection that ignites a variation of character and charm. From podium level statures via flat-forms to embellished numbers, athleticism, stilettos, kitten heels and beyond.

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Flat-Forms

Trending as a proliferating shoe style, flat-forms were the leading footwear champions for next season. Erdem emerged the best and most luxurious examples of the flat-form, arriving in decadent silky fabrications with delicate floral patterning’s that insinuated a juxtaposing twist on a very modern silhouette. Additionally, and equally as desirable were Balmain’s trophy gold, silver, bronze and black metallic flat-forms. Prada paraded Seventies-inspired graphic styles, whilst beautifully coloured Eastern embroideries adorned those at Gucci. The most extravagant styles came from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; oversized platform elevations were imbued with scrumptiously lavish silk bows and finished with monochrome lace and chiffon.

Stilettos

Forever the faithful staple shoe: stilettos are reaching new heights for Spring/Summer 2017, stepping forward in traditional sexy style and injected with a dash of the new.Acting as a somewhat simplistic yet a firm fashion must-have, Saint Laurent played homage to the Eighties throwback YSL heel, complete with a chic ankle strap. It’s the sort of precious stiletto you’d keep treasured in a glass box and placed on a shelf for all to look but not to touch. Giambattista Valli’s delicate botanical motifs elegantly decorated snow white stiletto boots; Stella McCartney went monochrome with lavish patterns and stud work for added detailing, and minimalist space age was the talk of the day at Haider Ackermann.

Athletic Luxe

The continuing lust for athleticism lingers its way into fashions footwear come next season, with a contemporary twist on track and field shoes. Fenty X Pumaamalgamated a variety of shoes styles and creatively metamorphosed them together to design pieces that resembled what echo’s futuristic footwear. The classic Puma trainer turned into a slip on stiletto, whilst sporty hiking boot styles with thick Velcro straps got upgraded via a large flatform from beneath. Céline went simple with minimalist white trainers, Christian Dior adorned neutral hue sneakers with the houses CD logo and athletic-esque sandals featured heavily at Versace.

By Katie Farley

BEAUTY TRENDS Spring/Summer 2017

Hair and beauty witnessed a division in opposite style attractions for Spring/Summer 2017, where on one side of the coin displayed a scene of simplicity that echoed a less is more ethos, and the other illustrated an abundance of unapologetic vivid hues and sprinklings of fairy dust glitter. Hair styles where put in the capable hands of Guido Palau, who worked the art of transformation at an array of designer houses.

GLITTER RIEGNS

A glittering affair is indubitably on the cards as one of beauty’s biggest Spring/Summer 2017 trends, with sparkle raining down on a number of designer brands that boasted some much needed bedazzling. Shimmer definitely wasn’t in short supply thanks to the eponymous product line courtesy of leading make-up artist, Pat McGrath. Glittering eye shadows decorated lids at Marc Jacobs, Rodarte illustrated glitter cuticles on many a faces, Giamba displayed similar techniques via glitter shaping’s, and lips were plunged into a sea of sparkle at the houses of Fendi and DKNY.

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Natural complexions are repeatedly seeing the light of day once more for Spring/Summer 2017, where visibly minimal make-up continues to have a moment. This was all the more relevant when Kim Kardashian-West and Alicia Keys illustrated the less is more beauty concept on the Balenciaga front row. The unpretentious art of banishing blemishes was the only cosmetic application at Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler and Isabel Marant, whilst analogously Antonio Berardi, Marni, Vera Wang and Band of Outsiders pursued only the most negligible make-up tweaks.

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DO WHAT THE MASTER SAYS

Not to be labelled as a trend himself, but hairstylist Guido Palau is incontestably the magic tool behind the chicest hair transformations that appear on the catwalks, and for Spring/Summer 2017 his innovative makeovers proved to be no exception. Convincing all the models at Alexander Wang to bleach their hair, he then crafted choppy blonde shags which echoed a cool surfer style beauty. Long locks of hair at Prada had the snip that resulted into bobs, an array of Christopher Kane’s girls adopted custom “sideburns”, and models at Gucci had fringes cut in.Undoubtedly these looks will catch on come next season. The sideburns possibly being an exception.

EIGHTIES RELOAD

Not content with solely taking over fashion trends, the return of the eighties revival also navigated its ways into the realms of hair and beauty for Spring/Summer 2017. Whether painted on delicately or applied loud and proud to artistic effect, the ultimate throwback trend achieved its intention: to get noticed. Blush in the form of bright lipstick tinted the temples at Chanel, Adam Selman and Kenzo, curls swept to the side enhanced the models beauty at Topshop Unique, and photographs by Bruce Webber in the 80s mirrored the vivid eye lids at Nina Ricci.Unorthodox coloured dreadlocks and metallic eye make-up served as influential beauty elements at Marc Jacobs, where the rave culture courtesy of the Eighties exploded throughout the designer’s showdown.

By Katie Farley

TOP 5 TRENDS – Spring/Summer 2017

1. Ruffles

With enough ruffles to send one into a fashion frenzy, Spring/Summer 2017 elevated the trend into modern territory, showcasing the newly rejuvenated ruffle in somewhat obscure fabrications. Fierce executions of the contemporary ruffle were paraded at Alexander McQueen where they were disguised in black leather and came with printed Scottish roses and elegant embroideries. Adorned in the occasional shower of sequins with a punky, arbitrary charm was the look at Preen, which is a juxtapose against Erdem’s perfectly distressed and linen ruffles.Elsewhere, diverse versions of the ruffle were seen on the catwalks of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jacquemus and Dries Van Noten. This will be the look to ruffle feathers come next spring.

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2. Fuchsia

A shade to vividly awaken a new fashion year in flamboyant style; fuchsia was seen flashed and dramatically splashed over many catwalks for Spring/Summer 2017. The unapologetic aesthetic of fuchsia caught all the editor’s eyes at the likes of Bottega Veneta via a hot pink leather mackintosh; as well as a scorching fuchsia tight necked cape/dress at Valentino, and a rare appearance of the colour showered dresses at the typically neutral Hermés. Balenciaga dared to bare the ostentatious hue against purple spandex, whilst Trussardi painted it on skin tight leathers and ruffled jumpsuits.

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3. Bralettes

Theoretically, a trend that shouldn’t work, yet somehow does; bralettes burst onto an array of catwalk looks, ranging from relatively plain, to patterned and highly embellished. Adorning buttoned-up striped shirts were seen at Prada; Céline donned a white dress with nipple outlined crochet bralettes; Miu Miu layered Fifties bikini bralettes over utilitarian dresses; Alexander McQueen exaggerated their renditions with leather and studs, whilst retro vibes via frills and tiny cherry prints decorated bralettes at Altuzarra, and Victoria Beckham pursued to style bralettes as her reoccurring trend, decked in plush velvets and satin silks.

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4. Eighties

The catwalks exuded a vintage Eighties dress code for Spring/Summer 2017, favouring signature trend traits reminiscent of that era. No one excellently executed oversize shoulder silhouettes quite like Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga, who took hulking power shoulders to the next level, and then some. Coats and jackets had whalebone rods inserted across the shoulders to exaggerate the allure and sophistication of power dressing via smart buttoned jackets and glossy coats. Among these outrageously gargantuan shapes, the same designer also championed Eighties fever with an ode to the Joan Collins aesthetic; classic brooches were unorthodoxly styled with Spandex leggings. Saint Laurent’s vision was one of a girl playing dress up in her mothers’ wardrobe and discovering vintage YSL numbers, such as liquid gold lame mini dresses and cropped smoking jackets. Other designers including Gucci, Philosophy, Isabel Marant, Christian Dior and Alexander Wang collectively dipped into the trend with a subtler approach, borrowing elements such as slogan T-shirts, Debbie Gibson earrings and projecting a stylish nod to classic Princess Diana fashions.

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5. Tulle

Tulle: an ethereal fabrication that associates itself with feminism and romanticism transpired onto the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks, staging ballerina-esque aesthetics to truly whimsical effects. Molly Goddard led the fashion pack with another collection that featured heavily around the as light as a feather fabric, decorating voluminous fit-and-flair midi’s and unique asymmetric dresses. Elsewhere, sorbet tulles decorated dresses at Rochas; Christian Dior featured white tulle among pretty ladylike skirts that arrived in various lengths, and black renditions of the fabric acted as a delicate layer over oriental florals at Dries Van Noten.

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By Katie Farley

Paris Fashion Week SS17 LANVIN – CHRISTIAN DIOR – ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Fashion Week…Paris. Need I say more?…

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The much missed departure of Alber Elbaz last season left some pretty hefty shiny shoes to fill at the oh so glamorous Parisian house, thus Bouchra Jarrar has the perplexing challenge of reinventing the Lanvin woman. The real test was emblematised on day two of Paris Fashion Week, where an air of modification transpired.

Essences of a girl adorned in a tsunami of glittering crystals and silk evening gowns were not a million miles from the house’s muse, except this season adopted noticeably more nonchalant silhouettes and luxe lounge dressing, with a particular emphasis on daywear.

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From the inception, one witnessed a reoccurring palette of timeless monochrome that signalled new beginnings. A relaxed white trouser suite with a floor length striped shirt layered; black diaphanous chiffon dresses; delicate whites were further decorated with ethereal feathering, and black spaghetti strap, glitter encrusted mini’s emerged. Jackets and waistcoats were seen adorned with crystal corsages that provided eye-catching opulence.

A romantic cavalcade of cobalt blue chiffon dresses paraded; some so gossamer that the naked body was sexily revealed. Similar styling’s were showcased but this time slashed in super beautiful, feminine floral prints, which echoed the house’s original ladylike aura.

The mood suggested a relaxed glamour, transitioning Jarrar nicely into the new director’s chair.

Christian Dior

Former half part creative director of Valentino for seven years, Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated her success at the helm of Christian Dior for the Parisian house’s Spring/Summer 2017 showcase. Being in good company with attendees such as Kate Moss, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence amongst others, her solo debut collection illustrated divergent influences from fencing and feminism.

“It is a sport for the heart and the mind and it brings men and women onto equal ground,” said Chiuri who further elaborated how the sporting uniform is worn the same between both sexes, with Dior’s latest collection uniting masculine and feminine elements into wearable dressing.

An amalgamation of ethereal, floor sweeping gossamer gowns were adorned in the most beautiful heart embroideries and zodiac illustrative drawings, which were a poetic juxtaposition against tough fencing gilets, leather biker jackets and sports boots. These stunning tulle embroidered eveningwear creations were not only a nod to Chiuri’s Valentino signature spectacles but were also cemented as the shows standout pieces.

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The collection was segregated into conspicuous colour schemes with clear sections of stark whites, sexy blacks and ruby reds. Often when a look edged towards being masculine, a feminine twist would be its complimentary counterbalance; i.e. staple reoccurring fencing tops styled with stitched romantic heart details and otherworldly flouncy skirts.

Tailored trends occurred throughout with especially the fencing garments appearing sharp and smart, whilst sculptured fitted jackets, high waist fitted trousers and long smart coats echoed a masculine edge. Maria Grazia Chiuri championed mannish tailoring on the day also.

“Christian Dior” was seen illustrated onto wide ribbon cream straps that decorated tops, waistbands, bra straps and shoe sling backs. The bags did not disappoint either; arriving with a shiny brass CD logo with chucky guitar straps, in jacquard, or black and white.

A strong Dior collection with lots to lust after.

Alexander McQueen

Despite what trends and looks are emerging from either corner of fashion week, the McQueen collections always seem to adopt that extra special something; especially when taking into consideration aspects such as significance, execution, and of course, craftsmanship. McQueen just has it. Spring/Summer 2017 proved to be no exception, with Sarah Burton continuing to deliver a show that somehow topped her last one.

The Shetland Islands with its enchanting seaside panoramas acted as her starting point and continued its travels onto Burton’s catwalk flooring, where hand-sewn taatit rugs ultimately reflected the landscapes hilly terrain. Knitwear pieces, an iconic McQueen style staple, had a taste of the Fair Iles essence also, with artisanal colours that imbued puffed sleeved jumpers, dresses, and cute cropped cardigans.

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Long-sleeved maxi dresses designed out of the finest lace from Shetland were juxtapose with toughened cool girl black leather bralets that came decorated in silver studs and further accented with tinkling bells. A sense of reinforced femininity came through, or rather the reoccurring theme as a result of mannish V’s girlishness appeared with these hard-core bralets seen styled with floaty, ditzy print maxi dresses with puffball sleeves. Heavy charm chokers, black lace military boots, along with cropped black leather jackets only further enhanced Mcqueen’s toughened concept against the feminine delicacy of the ethereal blooming dresses.

Lee’s Savile Row humble beginnings, where his artistic dexterousness emerged was reflected in the collections plaid suiting, seen in exquisite lace sharp tailored blazers, cropped flared trousers and mini kilts. Furthermore, his heritage tweed patterning also adorned coats, fitted jackets and trousers.

Not excluding the finale showstoppers; silk ivory “shipwrecked” gowns immersed in metallic sequins and adorned with shredded lathered trains. The entire collection impregnated nothing if not all-embracing desirability.

By Katie Farley

Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17′ – GUCCI & CAVALLI

The third leg of the fashion circuit for Spring/Summer 2017 has provided a once again captivating amalgamation of desirable dressing from the designer heavyweights, and non-other than Gucci and Roberto Cavalli have displayed such show stopping collections…

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According to the show notes, which referred to the collection as “cross-references and unpredictable connections”, the Gucci attendees were in somewhat of a quandary as to what was about to appear before them. But as recent expectations arrive with the creative director of the moment, Alessandro Michele, such confusion faded into a reliable state of fantasy.

The show space was a showering palette solely dedicated to the pink spectrum, from the carpet to walls and the curtains. The stage was engulfed in dense fog, which albeit atmospheric, consequently made the viewing of garments slightly problematic. Shame, as Alessandro Michele’s aesthetic and artistry proved once again enchantingly kooky, which will captivate his ever-growing fan base of under 34s.

The collection felt somewhat costume-esque, with emphasis on theatricality and dramatics. Heavy embroideries, full cascading cake gowns, weighty fabrications including melodramatic jacquards and brocades, Victorian style skirts with fitted peplum jackets, along with an ode to Dynasty via a ruffled one-shouldered cocktail dress and a multi-coloured tiered tinsel-infused coat.

Eccentric tailoring emerged with accents of metallics, feathery frills and elaborate embroideries. A juxtaposition of prints and pattern paraded, whilst typical geek-chic glasses and bountiful lashings of chiffon and silk (pyjama style) once again surfaced throughout Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

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Roberto Cavalli

A designer who never fails to impress his female clientele; Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas presented a hippy luxe spectacle via bohemian styles that channelled an image of his muse flitting between one exotic destination to the other.

A free spirit who has a taste for the high life and utter expense, the Spring/Summer 2017 collection consisted of an amalgamation of lustrous fabrications and nonchalant silhouettes. Crystal embroidered velvet flares, ethereal diaphanous beaded gowns, super soft ponchos with lashings of psychedelic tie-dye tassels, and folkloric dresses and maxi skirts that were adorned with the most exquisite twinkling embellishments.

Dundas’s girl however never fails to amp up styles with added sex appeal; jackets were worn loose and undone with bras and midriffs on show, albeit with long, skinny scarves. Layering was key, with many single garments being overlapped, thus creating an interesting and diverse synthesis of cultural collisions. That is anything from Egyptian textiles to African prints and tribal-inspired stylings.

A penchant for patchwork could not be denied, appearing on everything from indigo denims, to jackets and gossamer gowns. Too bad festival season has drawn to a close for this year. Next year’s wardrobe for Glastonbury is looking rather desirable, nonetheless.

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By Katie Farley