The gorgeous creator of diy blog A Pair & a Spare was rocking a fiercely sexy combination of leather, red, and leopard at London Fashion Week. Not for the feint hearted, she manages...Read More →
Exotic locations provided a healthy dose of inspiration for a number of the collections showcased at London Fashion Week and Jena.Theo’s line was no exception. Models sauntered down the catwalk with larger-than-life turbans wrapped elaborately around their heads. The ethereal take on draping was carried throughout with cascading fabrics in soft shades of violate and cream. To avoid a too costumey Arabian-nights feel, tougher modern elements were mixed in: shredded denim, gold embelishment and, my personal favourite, an overexposure of details that could only resemble bandoliers. These chicks looked suited up for combat of the most unusual kind. The fabrics melted into themselves, in some cases making it unclear where one piece ends and another begins. Regardless, the details are striking and this is affirmed by the fact that I can’t stop looking at the images, wishing that I too could be draped in pieces from the line. The show closed with an ellaborately contructed post-apocalyptic regal ensemble that, while probably best left to the Lady Gagas of the world, showcased the designers’ multifaceted vision that is soundly rooted in pure design talent.[Gallery not found]
After a simple hassle free way to update your current look? It’s sorted: just keep your arms out of your jacket sleeves and wear your top layer like a cape. Ditch conventions and throw your favourite sweatshirt on with a pair of well tailored trousers for an updated take on last season’s sports lux. A gorgeous statement bag? Now that’s more difficult to fake…
Bryce Aime offered a mixed bag in his Spring 2011 collection. While his show, entitled Asiarama, had a clear eastern influence, there was a separation between two distinct categories: the well structured pieces and the slightly haphazard ones. For me, the true excitement lay not with the floral leggings or sorbet jerseys but with the gold speckled immaculately cut geometric pieces. Disappointingly they weren’t more abundant in the collection, but when they surfaced they provided the greatest potential. The skirt and jacket combination (see photo #22) looks reptilian from the back, like the perfectly planned scales on a desert crawler. This displays the ingenious quality of Bryce that, I think, many would like to see more of, rather than the sheer draped jersey in shots #3, 5, and 11, for example. The accessories, on a side note, couldn’t have been better. Also designed by Aime, the platformed geisha-esque shoes guaranteed that models maintained a slow stride while side pony tails were topped off by jauntily placed black hats, some of which could be mistaken for Chinese take-away boxes. With Janice Dickinson exclaiming, ‘I want that hat!’ mid-show, surely one can expect a rampant celebrity endorsement of the Japanese inspired collection.
Maciek Rodzik and Mariusz Kolmer are students from Poland that I met earlier this week at Somerset House. Two friends, who just happened to be in London during Fashion Week, their individual style is entirely unique yet works aesthetically in tandem. A combination of blues, blacks and greys are topped off by double breasted buttons on their trousers and jackets respectively. Not only are the pair striking but they are incredibly nice as well – they offered to share their tickets and Maciek volunteered to lend me his top knit as he was boiling and I was literally quivering from the cold. To top it off, I’ve just discovered that they’ve got an incredible blog, The Whole Hole, full or mesmerizing photographs. Check it out, I’m sure you’ll be a convert.